Assemblyman Michael J. Cusick

2018 Total Fitness Challenge

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“We pledge to read together for at least 30 minutes each day and exercise during the months of July and August. For each day we read together we will post to our calendar.

For each day we exercise together we will mark the corresponding letter in that day’s box. I will also have my parent initial each day that reading and exercise are done.”

2018 Total Fitness Challenge

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2018 TFC Brochure


The Cay (Taylor; 4 – 6), The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural (McKissack; 4 – 6), Hatchet (Paulsen; 4 – 6), Shiloh (Naylor; 4 – 6), Snow Treasure (McSwigan; 3 – 6), Stone Fox (Gardiner; 3 – 6)

Fantasy & Mystery

Marvin Redpost: A Flying Birthday Cake?, (Sachar; 3 – 4) , The BFG (Dahl; 4 – 5), The Book of Three (Alexander; 4 – 5), The Borrowers (Norton; 4 – 6), The Cricket in Times Square (Selden; 3 – 6), The Dark is Rising (Cooper; 3 – 6), The Giver (Lowry; 3 – 6), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling; 3 – 6), The Indian in the Cupboard (Banks; 4 – 5), James and the Giant Peach (Dahl; 4 – 5), Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (Coville; 3 – 5), The Littles (Peterson; 3 – 4), Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (O’Brien; 4 – 5), The Phantom Tollbooth (Juster; 3 – 6), Stuart Little (White; 4 – 5), Tom’s Midnight Garden (Pearce; 5 – 6) , The Secret Garden (Burnett; 3 – 6), The Wish Giver (Brittain; 4 – 5), A Wrinkle in Time (L’Engle; 4 – 6)


Afternoon of the Elves (Lisle; 5 – 6), Babe – The Gallant Pig (King-Smith; 3 – 6), Bridge to Terabithia (Paterson; 5 – 6), Crow Boy (Yashima; 3 – 5), The Cybil War (Byars; 4 – 5), Dear Mr. Henshaw (Cleary; 4 – 6), In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (Lord; 3 – 5), Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade (DeClements; 4 – 5), Number the Stars (Lowry; 4 – 6), On My Honor (Bauer; 4 – 6), Pickle Puss (Giff; 3 – 4), Rabbit's Snow Dance (Bruchac; pre-K-K), The Pinballs (Byars; 4 – 5), Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Blume; 3 – 5)


Aliens for Breakfast (Etra; 3 – 6), Anastasia Krupnik (Lowry; 3 – 6), Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery (Howe; 3 – 6), Chocolate Fever (Smith; 2 – 4), The Fortune Tellers (Alexander; 2 – 3), Homer Price (McCloskey; 4 – 5), How to Eat Fried Worms (Rockwell; 4 – 6), Jelly Belly (Smith; 3 – 4), Owls in the Family (Mowat; 3 – 4), Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Cleary; 3 – 4), Yours Till Niagara Falls, Abby (O’Connor; 4 – 6)


Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy (Reit; 3 – 6), Bound for Oregon (Van Leeuwen; 3 – 6), Caddie Woodlawn (Brink; 4 – 6), The Door in the Wall (de Angeli; 3 – 6), Johnny Tremain (Forbes; 3 – 6), Liberty (Drummond; pre-K-3), Little House in the Big Woods (Wilder; 3 – 6), Sarah, Plain and Tall (MacLachlan; 3 – 6)


A Celebration of the Seasons: Goodnight Songs(Brown; pre-K-1), A Poem For Peter (Pinkney; 2-4), Dragons, Dragons (Carle), For Laughing Out Loud: Poems To Tickle Your Funnybone (Prelutsky), Mice are Nice (Larrick), Something Big Has Been Here (Prelutsky)


Me, Mop and the Moondance Kid (Myers; 4 – 6), Baseball Fever (Hurwitz; 3 – 5)S.O.R. Losers (Avi; 4 – 6)


Astrophysicist and Space Advocate Neil Degrasse Tyson (Ventura; 3-6), Broadway Star (Stage School) by Lisa Regan (3-6), E is for Empire: A New York Alphabet (Burg; 1-3), Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine (Lang; K-3), Harlem Hellfighters (Lewis; 4-7), I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark (Levy; pre-K-3), Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph (Orgill; 3-7), Maya Angelou (Kaiser; K-3), Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children (Pinborough; 1-4), Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Steptoe, 1-5), Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building (Hopkinson; pre-K-4), Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina (DePrince; Grades 6+), The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore (Nelson; 1-4), The Brooklyn Bridge: The Story of the World's Most Famous Bridge and the Remarkable Family that Built It (Mann; 4-8), The Secret Subway (Corey; pre-K-3), Train (Cooper; K-3), Tuesday Takes Me There: The Healing Journey of a Veteran and His Service Dog (Montalván; pre-K-2), We Came to America (Ringgold; K-3), You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? (Fritz; 3-6)


8th Grade Superzero (Rhuday-Perkovich; grades 5+), A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket (Hopkinson; 4-7), Big Egg (Coxe; pre-K-1), Children of the Longhouse (Bruchac; 3-6), Drita, My Homegirl (Lombard; 3-5), Drop it, Rocket! (Hills; pre-K-1), May I Please Have a Cookie? (Morris; K-1), Miracle on 113rd Street (Manzano; pre-K-3), Riot (Myers; grades 7+), Skating With the Statue of Liberty (Meyer; 4-7), So You Want to Be A Wizard? (Duane; 5-8), The Education of Ivy Blake (Airgood; 4-6), The Great Shelby Holmes (Eulberg; 3-6), The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend (Robinson; 4-7), The Road to Paris (Grimes; 4-7), The Year of the Rat (Lin; 3-7), Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass (Robbins; K-3), Under the Same Sky (DeFelice; 5-9), Walking Two Worlds (Bruchac; grades 5+)


Click on any book title above to receive information about the book, courtesy of the New York Public Library!

Special thanks goes to the NYS Education Department’s Division of Library
Development and librarians across the state for their help.


Let’s Get Fit Together

Step 1: Move off the couch!

According to 2005 statistics compiled by the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control, 37 percent of New York State youth self-reported that they did not participate in vigorous physical activity in three or more days out of seven. Further, 78 percent of New York State youth self-reported that they did not participate in moderate physical activity in five or more days out of seven. And almost 85 percent of New York State youth self-reported they did not have daily physical education. Studies also show preschool and childhood obesity is rising. Additional reports state that most overweight children have at least one major physiological risk factor, besides being overweight, and they are likely to have abnormally thick heart muscle tissues as adults, which increases the risk of heart attack and heart failure.

Step 2: Take action!

Getting active can help reduce these risks and we’ve listed some ideas for getting fit:

K – 8th Grade

A Swingset/Playground      5 points
B. Gardening (with parent)  5 points
C. Walking around the block (with parent) 5 points
D. Make a sandcastle 5 points
E. 25 jumping jacks 5 point
F. Bike riding/Skateboarding/Scootering 10 point
G. Soccer/Football/Baseball/Basketball/Hockey/Softball/Tennis 5 point
H. Jump rope  10 points
I. Hopscotch/Dancing   10 points
J. Tag/Manhunt 10 points
K. Jogging in place for 5 minutes 10 points
L. Swimming 10 points
M. Karate  10 points
N. Miniature golf 5 points
O. Bowling  5 points
P. Walking 5 points
Q. Jogging/Running (for 10 minutes) 10 points
R. Shoot 25 foul shots    10 points
S. 25 push-ups or 25 sit-ups or 25 curl-ups    10 points

T. Rollerblading/rollerskating 

U. TFC Activity Day Attendance Bonus Points

10 points

20 points

V. Miscellaneous _______________   5 points