Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Last day of skating in grades 1-4 - Sorry!

My classes recently completed their second and final skating unit of the year.  As you know, they love the skating unit AND the bus ride to and from!  It's fun to see their friendships on the bus, in the locker room, and on the ice!  All students have made great - shall we say - "STRIDES" during the skating units. They have shown greater confidence, control, edge work, and speed.  Speed is certainly not emphasized, however, as they gain more skill - speed comes!  Each skating day involved a brief warm-up in the locker room followed by a few minutes of open skating to loosen up.  Then the students met at the blue line for the lesson of the day.  Depending on the grade and level, students worked on proper skating posture, ready position, edge work, forward and backward strides, turns, stops and crossovers.  It was apparent that many students found additional time to skate at the indoor/outdoor rinks in town.  The last day of the skating unit gave the students the opportunity for free skate and also a fun game called "Tourist Tag".  This is a safe tag game that the students love to play using the chairs (tourist sits on the chair) and the driver (the student pushing the chair).  Below are some pictures of the last day of our skating unit.  Thanks again to all the volunteers - parents, grandparents, and nannies that helped with the students at the rink.  Your help was invaluable!

Bus time - fun time!

Second graders happy its "free day"

We couldn't do it without the volunteer parents - THANKS!


The chair create extra resistance!

Time for a group photo - second grade

The tagger is in the middle holding the grey noodle - watch out!

Third graders playing "Tourist Tag"

Strike a pose!

Helmets - check, gloves - check, snow pants - check, smiles - check! 

Third graders - and parents!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Star Wars! - the students were rope jumping "Stars"!

Another annual Jumpathon has come and gone.  All 3rd and 4th graders demonstrated their agility, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, and creativity at the Jump Rope for Heart Jumpathon on Friday, February 5th.  It was fun to see many parents at the event cheering the students while they jumped.  In fact, many parents even kicked up their heels and did some jumping also!  Very Impressive for sure!  The theme this year was "May the Force be with You"!  Students had the option of wearing Star War apparel of any apparel that is red/pink to support the American Heart Association.  The physical education is excited to add up all the donations that were collected by the students. Our goal is $8,000 but we are confident the students did far better than that!  

As students enter the gym they walk to their assigned Star War team.  Below are a few pictures of the teams:

Fictional soldier in the Star Wars Empire

 The Dark Side

     The good guys - The Rebel Alliance!

Our trusty Master of Ceremonies - Mr. Merrill Harris!  good side or the dark side?!!!! 

4th grade students breaking a sweat!

Lots of Red and Pink!  and TALENT

3rd graders -Partner up!

Who let the Storm Trooper in?

Burpee jump!

Criss Cross - very challenging!  Great Form!

The teachers must get into character!
Focus  - and May The Force Be With You!  
The physical education department would like to thank all the 3rd and 4th grade students for their participation, enthusiasm and support for the American Heart Association. Stay Active - keep that heart healthy whatever age you are!  

Get those skates on Kindergarten students!

Minnesota may be the "land of 10,000 lakes in the summer - but once December comes, it becomes "land of 10,000 ice rinks!  As you know, we are fortunate to have the Breck Anderson ice rink for all students in grade K - 4 to enjoy.  Skating is part of the lower school physical education curriculum.  Students have two units (8 days each unit) to learn and test their skills at the ice rink with their classmates. The bus ride seems to be just as fun as the skating lesson!  Although the kindergarten students do not have skating as part of the PE curriculum, all kindergarten classes enjoy the ice rink 4 times throughout the winter months.  On Friday, February 5th, all kindergarten students loaded the buses for their 3rd skating experience.  These outings to the ice arena will ready the students for the skating units in grades 1-4.  Each outing to the rink demonstrates the students' independence and increased comfort on their skates.  The last skating outing will be on Friday, March 11th.  All parents are always invited on the ice - helmets are required!  Below are some pictures of my kindergarten students enjoying skating, chair skating, and just relaxing!

       These new skating aids for our beginner skaters have made the experience safer and easier.

                                             Are you kidding?  one legged balance!

                                                       Thank you Mrs. Wegner!


                                                    Parents also rock on the ice!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU! (and also with YOU)!

Did you hear?  The annual "Jump Rope for Heart" (JRFH)  will be held in Anderson Gym on Friday, Friday 5th.  This event is for the 3rd and 4th grade students.  This event will provide your child a memorable and rewarding experienced while learning about the importance of Physical Education and daily physical activity.

Our theme this year is "Star Wars:  May the Force Be With You!"  For organizational purposes, students will be grouped into various "Star Wars" themes.  Family and friends are welcome to support your chiild's volunteer efforts by making contributions.  Checks for all donations should be made payable to the American Heart Association.  Students will meet at the following times:

4th grade - 12:45 - 1:30 pm - Anderson Gym
3rd grade - 1:45 - 2:30 pm - Anderson Gym

Hope to see you cheering all the rope jumpers at the 2016 Jumpathon!

Bulletin Board for the month of January!