January’s IB Home Connection topic was Playworks and the IB Learner Profile, presented by Principal Analisa Ficklin. Playworks is an organization that provides support and training to schools and encourages healthy, inclusive play at recess. The first half of the presentation focused on the historical challenges at recess time, why and how Playworks training was chosen by Wade King Elementary to address those challenges, and the strong connection of the Playworks program with the IB learner profile. The second half was comprised of questions and concerns parents and students have had these first months with the program. Questions about the program included how the program impacts creative, free play, the maintaining of competitive and cooperative games, game rules, and general feelings students have had about the program. Mrs. Ficklin addresses many of these questions in the February Newsletter. Click on the newsletter link on the left side of this page to read her comments.