9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday, May 30 with lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Field Day is almost here! It will be held on Friday, May 30, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m., including lunch. If the weather does not cooperate, we will reschedule the Field Day events for Monday, June 2 in the same time frame. If the make-up date is necessary, it will be RAIN OR SHINE.
I would like to share some things that will help prepare your child for the day.
- Be sure that your child is wearing sneakers with socks. (Street shoes, including sandals, are not supportive enough.)
- Cleats or bare feet will not be allowed, except feet can be bare for the outdoor obstacle course.
- Send your child with a hat, sunscreen or sunblock (at least 15 spf. Remind them to apply the sunscreen frequently, since they will probably sweat it off during events, and remind them to wear their hats whenever possible to avoid bad sunburns. This is especially important for those with fair skin or complexion, who burn easily.
- Provide your child with a water bottle, marked with his or her name (NO GLASS CONTAINERS). There will be two water jugs on the field to refill bottles.
- Perhaps class parents can arrange to have orange slices available to the class for a snack during the events. These are welcomed, especially if it is hot.
- It’s fun if students wear a blue or white shirt or shorts to show their team spirit. Team lists will be given to teachers next week.
- Each class will have an opportunity to enjoy the obstacle course, designed and run by the eighth graders.
- This course usually involves water (outside only), so please have your child wear clothes that will dry quickly, or send a change of clothes.
- Bathing suits may be worn under clothes, but not as outerwear.
Lunch will be served outside, if weather permits. After lunch, we will do the faculty/8th grade tug-o-war (and maybe some other ones) and we will finish Field Day with the “all school event”. After Field Day, students will have some time to rest before the Upper School talent show, which will be held in the afternoon.
Parents are always welcome to volunteer for different things, such as being a class escort (getting the kids to events on time), recording results, helping to run some of the events along with teachers, and being head cheerleaders for all of the children competing. Parents who would like to volunteer should either contact your child’s teacher or me ahead of time and arrive in time for the “rules” meeting, which will be held in the dining room at 8:30 a.m. You will be volunteer for and be assigned specific jobs and find out what these jobs entail. There are usually plenty of jobs to go around. Parent involvement has been great in the past—it is this involvement and enthusiasm that helps Field Day run smoothly.
Finally, Field Day is meant to be a fun and enjoyable time for everyone. Although the students are competing, and there are winners and second finishers, this aspect should be downplayed, not emphasized. The participating and “finishing the race” are the things that the students have been taught to appreciate. Students will be told that any bragging, unsportsmanslike conduct, or criticism of others can result in point reduction, or possible disqualification from an event. If, on the other hand, there is an exceptionally supportive person or team, extra points can be awarded for that integrity. If you have any questions, please call Laurie Schoch or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see everyone there! Come on out and join in the fun.