Monday, October 7, 2013

October updates

Parents and Students,

Just a quick post to let everyone know what is happening in October:

Elementary students in pre-k through grade 2 are wrapping up a unit on kicking skills and will move into jumping skills and various traveling concepts.  Students have been doing a great job with spacial awareness and movement patterns.  I am very pleased with their progress with regard to controlling their bodies and using equipment safely in space.  This may seem simple, but it is a critical building block for other skills throughout the year.

Grades 3-5 are off to a great start as well.  We have just completed our soccer skills units and will spend part of this month participating in fitness skills and participating in fitness related games.  Again, please remember to check in with your child and remind them to wear sneakers to school on P.E. days.  Also, we are currently enjoying a beautiful Fall season, so encourage your kiddos to get outside and be active!

Middle school students grades 5-8 have just completed their soccer units as well.  Middle school soccer units focus more on individual skills, spacing and moving concepts related to offense and defense strategies, and game play.  I have been extremely pleased with the level of participation and effort from our students so far this year.  Individual attitudes and collective sportsmanship has been excellent!  We will be moving into a shorter unit on Team Handball.  This is a fast and fun game unit that the kids enjoy.  Please remind your students to remember that change of clothes for P.E.


Attention Parents of 8th Graders:  First Graduation Activities Meeting!!!

There will be a meeting for all 8th grade parents on October 21, 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria to discuss end of year graduation activities.  We will brainstorm ideas and discuss fundraising options for next Spring's graduation activities.  Look forward to seeing you!

Thanks,
Mr. Reed

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

CDS Physical Education       
September 2013


Off and Running!!!

Congratulations to everyone on a great start to yet another school year!!!

PreK-2

Parents, please check your child’s schedule for the day of their PE class.  Please remember to outfit them with an appropriate sneaker and comfortable clothing for physical activity.

This month in PE class, students will be reviewing listening and following directions skills.  We will be learning and practicing many locomotor and non-locomotor movement skills, demonstrating how to perform those skills in a safe and controlled manner.  We will also be learning and practicing spacial and body awareness through both individual and cooperative activities.  Many students are starting soccer participation at this age, so we will also be teaching various kicking skills as well to support their recreational activities.

Grades 3-4

Parents, please check your child’s schedule for the day of their PE class.  Please remember to outfit them with an appropriate sneaker and comfortable clothing for physical activity.

This month in PE class, students will be practicing personal and social skills by identifying what our CDS core values look like in class and how to apply them.  We will also be using combinations of motor patterns and spacial and body awareness concepts to introduce personal fitness concepts.  I know many students are involved in local recreation programs this fall.  Grades 3 and 4 will also be practicing basic soccer skills and applying those skills in lead-up games and team activities.

Grades 5-8

Students are required to attend all regularly scheduled classes. Students should be dressed safely and appropriately for physical education classes.  Students in fifth through eighth grades will be using the locker rooms to change into appropriate Physical Education attire. This clothing should not be worn to school. Physical Education attire includes sweatpants or shorts, t-shirt or sweatshirt, socks, and thin soled athletic sneakers.  Lockers and locks are provided.
This month middle school students will be practicing personal and social skills as they relate to CDS core values and leadership development.  We will be performing group problem solving activities and playing group games to reinforce these concepts.  Also, while the weather is still warm, middle schoolers will also have a PE unit of Soccer. (inside or outside depending on weather, field conditions)  Students will practice and apply individual skills, perform partner/group drills and activities, and participate in group/team games to learn application of rules and develop appropriate strategies.  

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If you wish for your child to be excused from physical education activities due to illness or injury, a written note is required to explain the situation.  If the child is excused for more than two consecutive days when they have Physical Education, a doctor’s note is required. For extended absences a doctor’s note is required for your child to return to Physical Education class.

Looking forward to a fun month!!

Mr. Reed

CDS Physical Education