Get Ready For FCAT


I am Ready - ChildWith FCAT less than one week away, it’s crunch time when it comes to making sure your children are prepared.  In addition to offering practice problems, there are a variety of things parents can do to make sure their children are ready for the FCAT, or any test.  Here are some suggestions:




Leading Up To FCAT


  • Exercise – Make sure your child is active during the days leading up to the FCAT.  Children should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.  Research has proven that children who are physically fit, and exercise on a regular basis, score higher on tests.
  • Establish an Evening and Morning Routine – Set a proper bedtime and wake time leading up to the FCAT.  This will establish a routine and get your child accustomed to going to bed at the proper time and waking up with enough time to get ready for school.  Getting enough sleep allows the brain to retain information and be alert for the day.
  • Have Fun – It is important to make sure that you allow your child time to decompress and not think about the upcoming FCAT.  Test anxiety can cause children to under perform, so trying to curb some of that anxiety by allowing your child to engage in fun activities is very helpful.






Day Of Test


  • Prepare a Healthy Breakfast – It is important to offer a balanced breakfast that will sustain your child throughout the day.  Prepare a breakfast that is high in protein to keep them full throughout the morning, has complex carbohydrates such as whole grains or vegetables for a steady stream of energy that won’t make them crash and healthy fats to help absorb the foods’ nutrients.
  • Stay Hydrated – Drinking water throughout the day will help your child stay hydrated and sharp.  Staying hydrated helps people easily retain and recall information.  Send your child to school with a refillable water bottle so he or she can stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Give Words of Encouragement – Tell your child that he or she will do well on the FCAT.  Providing children with words of encouragement can have a positive effect on their self esteem.  This has been proven to help children perform better on tests.



Health Expo at Audubon Park Elementary

audubon parkAudubon Park Elementary will host its 4th annual Health Expo on Thursday, April 8.  This year’s theme  is Sprinting to a Healthier You.

Designed to make students and families aware of ways they can live healthier lives, the Health Expo will include over 27 vendors. They will  provide information to help students and parents get physically active and eat healthy.

The Health Expo is  organized and hosted by Audubon’s Healthy School Team.  Two years ago about 200 people attended the Expo, and last year that number doubled to almost 400.  Audubon hopes to set a new record this year.

This year’s Health Expo is part of a larger Healthy Living Week that is scheduled April 8 – 12.  Each day during Healthy Living Week, Audubon is educating  students on how they can live a healthier life.  Activities planned range from an Olympic sprinter talking about exercise, to lessons on maintaining proper emotional health, good nutrition, avoiding drugs, and dental and personal hygiene.

As a special surprise for the students, the Health Expo will feature an obstacle course where students will do different physical activities while answering questions about how they can be healthy.  Parents will also have a special surprise.  By getting at least eight signatures from different vendors they visit, parents will be eligible for raffle prizes ranging from a soccer summer camp voucher to free exercise classes.

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Bike From Park to Park

Bike From Park to ParkDid you know March is Florida’s Bicycle Month?  The City of Winter Park is celebrating by joining the city’s Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Board to host the 5th Annual Bike from Park to Park on Friday, March 22, at 8 a.m.

Bike from Park to Park is a free scenic bike ride that begins at Central Park West Meadow located at the corner of Morse Boulevard and New York Avenue. The ride is approximately 3.5 miles, takes bicyclists through Martin Luther King Jr. Park to Mead Botanical Garden, by Azalea Lane Recreation Center, and back to Central Park West Meadow, where refreshments will be provided. Bike from Park to Park supports the mission to promote a viable and safe pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly infrastructure of Winter Park.

This is a great activity for the entire family.  Bicycling is a fun activity that gets your family moving and staying fit.  Remember to always wear a proper fitting helmet, adjust your bike to fit properly and watch for and avoid hazards on the road. Come out this Friday and enjoy a fun filled morning of bike riding.  For more information on Bike from Park to Park click here.