Stonewall Tell P.E. Newsletter

December 2014

Jump Rope for Heart

The P.E. Department would like to thank the Stonewall Tell Community for another successful Jump Rope for Heart event. We raised over $4,500.00 for the American Heart Association! We will recognize the top student donations in the next issue of the newsletter. Thank you gifts from the American Heart Association will arrive sometime in December.

We would like to recognize all students that had over $75.00 in donations.

* Tiffany Burton from Mrs. Abara's class

* Ayden Nephew from Ms. Johnson's class

* Caleb Jones from Ms. Goolsby's class

* Khalil Thomas from Ms. Butler's class

* Teryn Richardson from Ms. Poole's class

* Jonathan Thomas from Ms. Benton's class

* Jaylen Moore from Ms. Holt's class

* Shiloh Clayton from Ms. Williams' class

* Madison Ipaye from Ms. Wesson's class

* Preston Lawson from Ms. Tinch's class

* Cayla Figures from Ms. Swann's class (Cayla raised over $1,000)

* Ethan Ipaye from Ms. Jean-Baptiste's class

* Christian Clayton from Ms. Buggs' class

* Aryam Bekele from Mr. Borders' class

* Leah Wedderburn from Ms. Boston's class

* Ravon McKinney from Ms. Bennett's class

* Jayla Oliver from Mr. Hunter's class (Jayla raised over $1,000)

Student Pedometer Contest

Your child should have received a pedometer (to keep) in physical education. We are hoping to encourage students (and families) to stay fit at home by exercising and walking together. Students are encouraged to wear the pedometers to P.E. each week. We will be keeping track of the steps on the students’ pedometers, and see who has the most steps on December 19, 2014. Parents can also log their child’s steps online at:

Please know that this contest is for fun and not required. If you have any questions, please e-mail Mrs. Sinon

SpeedStack Guiness Book of World Record Day

On Thursday, November 13 we helped to break the Guiness World Record Day of having the most people Cup Stacking on one day! There ended up being over 1/2 a million people stacking cups on this day throughout the world!

Atlanta Falcons Rise Up Friday

On November 14, Stonewall Tell Elementary was a site for Atlanta Falcon "Rise Up Fridays"! Members of the Atlanta Falcon Organization surprised the students with classroom visits and prizes!

Upcoming Lesson Themes

December - DANCE!!! All students will be participating in various types of dance in physical education class during December. We will utilize the GeoDance Mats and Wii Dance. Students in grades K-2 will experience line dance, square dance, rhythm sticks, and ribbon wands. Students in grades 3-5 will be creating their own dances and performing them during the week of December 15 - December 19.

January 5 - January 16 - Tennis/Racket Sports

January 19 - January 29 - Hockey

February 2 - February 20 - Gymnastics

SkateTime School Program

At the end of February, students in grades 4 & 5 will get to experience roller skating during physical education class! More details will follow in January! This in-school field trip will be paid for by a grant from Georgia SHAPE!

Click on the link for additional information:

Coach Nephew's Corner

B - Balance

E - Eyes



Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Coach’s Corner. This article is just advice or tips for different sports or activities that your student maybe involved in. In this issue I will focus on shooting with the proper form. The best way to teach proper shooting form for younger students is by using the acronym B.E.E.F.

'B' - Balance: Keep your feet shoulder-width apart, with your shooting foot slightly ahead of your non-shooting foot. If you're right-handed, your shooting foot is your right foot. If you're left-handed, then your shooting foot is your left foot. Make sure your entire body is aligned at a square to the basket.

'1st E' - Eyes: Choose a target - it could be the front of the rim, the center of the hoop, or the basket as a whole, and focus only on that. Don't watch the flight of the basketball, or your hand as you release the ball.

'2nd E' - Elbow: Cock your elbow back to a 90° angle and look at the back of your wrist. If you can see wrinkles, then you have your arm in the correct position. Rest the ball on the pads of your fingers with the center of the ball on your index finger, then place your guide hand on the side of the ball and make sure that it doesn't slip underneath it. You will not be using that hand to help shoot the ball - it is there to make sure that the ball doesn't fall off your hand before you shoot it and nothing more.

'F' - Follow-through: Straighten your elbow and release the ball by flicking your wrist, which gives the ball some backspin. You should look like you're reaching into a cookie jar that is on a shelf above your head.

This maybe hard at first, but if your student practice this routine over and over again it will get easy and start to feel natural after a while.


This month students in grades 3-5 have been practicing their curl ups and push ups for the state mandated Fitnessgram test that will take place in the spring. Students should be practicing their push ups and curl ups each night. We have set a goal for each student to perform at least 12 curl ups and 7 push ups on the test!

Earn Your Active Lifestyle Award

"To show everyone just how much fun it can be, I will be working to earn my Active Lifestyle Award. I’m going to do it. And I want kids across the country to join me." - First Lady Michelle Obama

Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Adding more activity to your daily life can be easy and fun – and now you can earn an award for being active. To earn your Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA), all you need to do is document your active exercise each day (60 minutes/day for children and 30 minutes/day for adults), 5 days a week, for six weeks.

Join the President’s Active Lifestyle Program, here's how:

1. Make the commitment (this can be a family or team effort)
2. Sign up online, print the activity log PDF or start a group
3. Log your activity
4. Earn your award

With over 100 activities to choose from, there's something for everyone! Record your activities and track your progress for 60 minutes a day/ 5 days a week for youths under the age of 18 or 60 minutes a day for adults. You can even compare your progress with others who are taking the President's Challenge.

The President's Challenge not only helps you stay active - it also gives you a little extra motivation while you're at it. That's because you can earn special Presidential awards recognizing your accomplishments.

Visit to learn more

Your Physical Education Teachers

Feel free to e-mail any of the teachers if you have any questions or concerns.





Grading in P.E.

Students will be assessed in a variety of ways in physical education. Your child will have a written tests (cognitive assessment) and skills tests (performance based). All assessments are created according to the Georgia Perfomance Standards in P.E. Also, your child’s grades will be available in the Home Access Center.

Students will have 10 grades per semester in P.E. These grades are weighted as follows:

50% - performance in class

20% - written tests

20% - presentations in class

10% - participation in fitness assessments

Recovery – Per Fulton County Grading Guidelines, grade recovery will be offered for failing grades to achieve the mastery level of 70.

Standards in Physical Education

Georgia Performance Standards in Physical Education

At Stonewall Tell, our lessons are based upon the GPS. These standards can be found in the link below.

National Standards in Physical Education:

There are 6 national standards for Physical Education. They are:

  1. Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of activities.
  2. Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activity.
  3. Participates regularly in physical activity.
  4. Achieves and maintains a health enhancing level of physical fitness.
  5. Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
  6. Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.