SHAPE Michigan

Newsletter - February, 2022

Welcome from SHAPE Michigan!

Welcome to the SHAPE Michigan February Newsletter!

We hope everyone is having a wonderful beginning to 2022!

Thank you to everyone who presented and registered for

SHAPE Michigans recent virtual conventions! We are very appreciative of your

commitment and dedication to our profession. The presenters for each event were

exceptional and well received by all participants.

Please join us with our free monthly networking sessions and mark your calendar for

March 19th...a Virtual Spring Workshop. As always, please communicate with us if you

have any questions or suggestions for SHAPE Michigan. You can send your email to

As a professional organization, we will continue to emphasize the

importance of quality physical education and health programs that facilitate

effective movement, knowledge and social emotional well-being in the

pursuit of healthy, active lifestyles.

We look forward to staying connected with each of you and assisting you

throughout the 2021-2022 school year!

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SHAPE Michigans Virtual Networking sessions are a wonderful way to connect, collaborate, and share with other Health and Physical Education professionals. Connect directly with others in your content area. Join us....Free for everyone...Only one hour per month!

Click HERE for access or go to

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WonderShop II Virtual Convention

Our second virtual series workshop on January 29th was another success! Thank you

again toall of the presenters and those who registered. We are very thankful for all of

the valuable information, knowledge, and content from the speakers.

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Erica Maus - Wayne/Westland

Hello! I am Erica Maus, the SHAPE MI VP Elect for Adapted Physical Education. I teach Adapted PE and Aquatics for Wayne-Westland Community Schools. This is my 9th year of teaching. I get to work with elementary students from center based special education classes in the gym and therapeutic pool. It is a new adventure every day. The best part about my job is watching student growth throughout the year and all of the daily contagious laughter and smiles.

Physical Education was always my favorite subject in school. I had great teachers that always made PE fun and engaging. I went to Albion College and got a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health. Then I took a long term sub job for an Adapted PE teacher and loved it. I enjoyed the wide range of students and figuring out ways to help the students be successful. This motivated me to join the MI-LEAPE grant program and get my Master’s Degree at Wayne State University for Adapted Physical Education.

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Did you know a SHAPE Michigan membership is only $40.00 per year? Be a part of Michigan's professional organization for Physical Education and Health. Collaborate, network, and support our profession. Join or renew your membership at today!

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SHAPE America's annual member advocacy event, will now be virtual in 2022 ... and we want you to join us! With your presence — and unique personal perspective — you can help advocate to fund effective HPE programs in your state! Learn more about SPEAK OUT DAY HERE.... Registration closes on February 20th.

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Need funding for your program? Want to get the most BANG for your efforts to secure equipment, services and support for your students? Find out how to get your GAME ON!

Watch the following video for more information....

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4th and 5th Graders Ski Free

MSIA Cold is Cool Passport allows Fourth and Fifth Graders to Ski Free in Michigan! Families can obtain a Cold is Cool Ski & Ride Passport App for their 4th and/or 5th graders that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at 29 participating ski areas, plus additional discounts on the slopes and in Michigan ski shops. For more information go to

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CATCH Resources - MiCIP Strategy

CATCH’s evidence-based programs and resources are now included in the MiCIP Strategy Bank as impactful continuous improvement strategies for Michigan schools and districts! Thanks to funding support from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, these Whole Child programs are available at no cost for the ‘21-’22 and ‘22-’23 school years. Teachers who participate are eligible for a free one year SHAPE Michigan membership. Questions? Reach out to for support in learning more about how CATCH can support your MiCIP goals.

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CATCH Educators Club

Be among the first to take a peek inside the all new CATCH Educators' Club, a global community, designed to nourish your mind, heart, and body. Benefits include:

  • Featured resources, ranging from classroom activities and family engagement materials to mental health and self-care resources created with your well-being in mind
  • Ongoing access to the featured "Dance of the Month" (part of the SEL Journeys program)
  • Opportunities to join meaningful discussion with other educators and CATCH champions via the "Community Buzz" page
  • Inspiration from like-minded educators in our Partner Spotlight
  • Free samples lessons and resources from various CATCH program offerings

Club members will also receive:

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Special Olympics Update

Calling all Special Olympic coaches! We are so excited to be able to come together and participate in sport again. Have you had a chance to review the return to play information for the Special Olympics? Here is the most recent update the Special Olympics has put out regarding the protocols for return play.Take a second to review the information and get ready to get your athletes back in the game.

SHAPE Michigan supports Oxford Community Schools! We are thinking about you during this difficult time and as you make your return to school.

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SHAPE Michigan's 2021 Partners

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A society in which all individuals in Michigan enjoy an optimal quality of life, through appreciation of and participation in active, creative, health-promoting lives

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