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Grab this FREE set of Back to School Games.  Enjoy these 4 Get-to-Know you ice breaker type games.
Civil Rights Violations Cited
Equal Access to Physical Education Complaint Filed with U.S. Department of Education

Six California advocacy organizations filed an administrative complaint citing unequal access to physical education opportunities by minority students in California.  The complaint suggests that unequal access to physical education instruction results, "in  a devastating impact on long-term health and welfare  of our children".

This filing comes on the heels of a 2014 settlement in a lawsuit by Cal 200. Cal 200 is a California nonprofit organization advocating for the right of children to receive 200 physical education minutes each 10 days in California's elementary schools.  The group, Cal200, originally filed its class action in 2013 in the Superior Court of the State of California, San Francisco County, alleging that the 37-named districts failed to provide students with 200 minutes of physical education instruction every 10 school days (in other words, less than 3.5 hours of physical education over a 2 week-period) as required by California Education Code Section 51210.  A settlement was reached in that case which  required elementary schools to keep publicly available documentation proving that school children are getting the minimum state-mandated amount of physical education.

The recent filing with the U.S. Department of Education by The City Project, The California Center for Public Health Advocacy,  The Prevention Institute, The Latino Coalition for Healthy California (LCHC), The Anahuak Youth Sports Association (AYSA) and The California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance refers to Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin in programs that receive federal funding. It also notes a 2014 "Dear Colleague" letter sent to districts by the U.S. Department of Education noting equal education opportunity means requiring that all students have access to a diverse range of courses and extracurricular activities, including athletics.

In their letter to the U.S. Department of Education, the groups point to several recent studies finding that minority and low-income students in California have less access to physical education and significantly lower physical fitness passing rates.

"There is disturbing evidence of both unjustified discriminatory impacts, and intentional discrimination, in access to resources for physical education and fitness in California public schools," the letter states.

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Character Education Posters
This is a set of 10 Character Education Posters. The topics include: Courage, honesty, compassion, generosity, perseverance, responsibility, respect, cooperation friendship and kindness. Each topic has a quote that better defines the theme for example for the Kindness Poster the quote is: A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

The Courage quote says, "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. Winston Churchill.
U.S. Map Stencil : It's Fun and Educational

Stewart Elementary U.S.  Map  









The U.S. Map Stencil is our most popular playground stencil. 
Please call the office for a quote for the U.S. Map Stencil.  951-245-6970.

Stencil Details:
This geographically and proportionately accurate map of the United States is easy to apply and can be painted by 2-4 adults in five hours.   Outlining the states in white as shown is optional and requires additional time.
  • Complete instructions with paint specifications.
  • This affordable, high quality, eight section single use paper stencil has holes which define detailed borders of the 50 states and the five Great Lakes.
  • Continental U.S. (48 states) covers an area 16 ft x 27 ft
  • Scale 1 foot = 100 miles.
  • Large Alaska - 161135 inches, Small Alaska - 7260 inches, Hawaii - 4830 inches.

    Educational activities for the U.S. Map Stencil is available in our U.S. Map Games Book.
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Instructional Games DVD's




The Peaceful Playgrounds Instructional Games DVD's come with the Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Bundle.  The Recess Bundle contains blueprints, stencils, rule books, posters, paint and paint machine,  200 piece equipment pack, roll-out stencils, detail stencils, Peaceful Playgrounds Staff Webinar and a Site License.  You can get more details on the bundle here.
Peaceful Playgrounds Expanding

As we continue to expand internationally we are currently in search of distributors for the UK and Canada.  If interested in more information contact : melinda@peacefulplaygrounds.com
Virtual Products for Download
Stencil Giveaway
 
Enter your school today in the Learn to Play U.S. Playground Map Stencil Giveaway. The beautiful geographically accurate educational map stencil is 16 feet by 27 feet and extends the classroom curriculum to recess and outdoor play. History and geography come alive with the games and activities included in the stencil set.
Virtual Store
 
Peaceful Playgrounds has a number of downloadable products including: Brain Break Task Cards, Exercise Cards, PE and Classroom Party Game Sets, Cold Weather Tips, Earth Day Games, Fortune Teller Games, PE Curriculum, Poster Sets, Holiday Games and Playground Safety Tips to name a few.

Virtual Store!
Walking Jogging Track now Available
      Peaceful Playgrounds new Walking and Jogging Track is great for getting kids moving and perfect for those days when it is too wet to run out on the field.  The track was designed for elementary schools who rarely have the benefit of a designated running space.  Easy to implement.  Permanent.
 
List Price: $1125.00
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