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  • Dixson Recess Guidelines:


    There is an abundance of research that points to the importance of recess in schools.  See below for reference to 1 such site.  Consequently, at Dixson we will attempt to get the students outside for recess if possible.


    Whenever applicable, please be sure to send your child to school dressed for outdoor recess.  This includes proper footwear, jackets, gloves, scarves, etc.


    Dixson Guidelines:


    Students will go outside if it is above 32 degrees and weather conditions do not otherwise warrant indoor recess.

    Students will remain indoors if:


    • There is too much ice on the playground 
    • The wind chill brings the temperature below 32 degrees 
    • It is above 32 and the wind gusts appear dangerous
    • The playground is flooded/extremely muddied


    At times, there may need to be exceptions. The decision to remain in or go out is determined by a building administrator. In this person's absence, it will be made by the school nurse, followed by the office staff. This decision is always made in the best interests of the children. We will always try to get the students outside if possible.


    From the Penn State University ProWellness website:

    http://prowellness.vmhost.psu.edu/the-benefits-of-recess )

    1. Academic Benefits: Taking a break from the classroom allows younger children to pause incoming information, making it easier to process. It also allows children to burn off excess energy, increasing their ability to focus on the day’s lessons.
    2. Better Social Skills: During recess, children are allowed to socialize freely, which is the main way for young children to develop their future social skills. When they get home from school, today’s children do not engage in neighborhood play as much as previous generations because of their computers, smartphones and televisions.  Recess at school allows them to play without the temptations to use these electronic devices.
    3. Improved Wellness: Outdoor recess is the best place for children to play, which helps them burn calories and stretch their muscles. Research has even shown that a child who is engaged in physical activity has a better chance to be physically active at home. Being outside also triggers the synthesis of Vitamin D and allows them to release stress that builds during classroom instruction time.
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  • Did you know you can support the Dixson Primary School by doing what you are probably already doing?  It's easy!  Here are a few ways:

    Box Tops for Education!

    Box Tops for Education

    Many of the foods you eat have special logos printed on them.  These 'Box Tops For Education' are an easy way to help.  

    Just cut them and send them to Dixson.  We will do the rest!


    A+ School Rewards Program

    Stop & Shop Rewards

    Do you shop at Stop&Shop?  If so, visit this link (Click Here) and link your A+ Stop&Shop card to the Dixson school.  Doing so will provide our school with a small percentage of your purchases at no cost to you!




    DeCicco's Market

    DeCicco & Sons


    Do you already shop at DeCicco's Market in Ardsley?  If so, stop by the customer service area and link your DeCicco’s Market card to the Elmsford PTSA.  That's it!  At no cost to you, DeCicco's Market supports the students at the Elmsford Union Free School District (EUFSD) every time you shop there.
    You may also link your card by visiting



    ¿Usted compra en el DeCicco's Market en Ardsley?  De ser así, pase por el área de servicio al cliente y enlace su tarjeta DeCicco’s Market al PTSA de Elmsford.  ¡Eso es!  Sin costo a usted, DeCicco’s Market apoya a los estudiantes del Elmsford Union Free School District (EUFSD) cada vez que usted compra allí.

    Usted también puede vincular su tarjeta visitando




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