December Newsletter 2015

Jackson Elementary

Teacher's Corner

We have just finished up our soccer unit and are moving into our basketball unit. During the soccer unit our focus was on dribbling, ball control, and passing. As we move into basketball we will keep similar focus throughout our lessons with dribbling, passing, and shooting as we continue to work from the ground up throughout all grade levels.


Ask your child if they were able to jump their grade level goal yet. The goal is to reach it by the end of the year: K=5 jumps in a row, 1st grade= 10 jumps, 2nd grade=15 jumps, 3rd grade=25 jumps and 4th grade= 35 jumps. Jumping rope has many great benefits including coordination, agility, and cardiovascular endurance.

Fitness Scores

Wondering where your son or daughter’s fitness scores are from the fall? We have had some issues with the Fitnessgram software update this year and we will send them via email as soon as the issue is resolved if they are in 3rd or 4th grade.

Gift Ideas

Looking for gift ideas to stay active: Pedometer, short jump rope, long jump rope, hula hoop, snow shoes, sidewalk chalk, kids fitness video, and/or any kind of ball to throw and catch.

What is Fitness Class?

Third and fourth graders receive an extra 20 minutes of PE a week. This time is used to focus on muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. Check out a few pictures below of 4th graders in action during fitness class where the focus was on basketball, our current unit.