Stonewall Tell P.E. Newsletter

October 2015

Welcome to Issue Two!

By now your child should have come to P.E. at least 14 times, and you should have received the first graded assessment of the year. This week the students in grades 3-5 took their second formal assessment in the area of throwing & catching!

All of our lessons strive to be developmentally and instructionally appropriate for each child. Students refine motor skills, while developing interests and healthy habits. Through success-centered activities, all children have the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential – physically, socially, and intellectually. If you have any questions about our program, please ask one of the P.E. teachers.

FalCan Food Drive School Challenge

Stonewall Tell will be participating in the Atlanta Falcons Food Drive School Challenge again this year! The P.E. Department is partnering with the Safety Patrol students to sponsor this great activity. Please bring in canned food and/or non-perishable items to school from September 14 - October 30. All donations will be taken to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The schools with the most donations will win exciting prizes from the Atlanta Falcons. Collection bins are located throughout the school, or you can give them to the Safety Patrol students in the carpool lane. We will have FalCan Fridays in which students are encouraged to wear their Atlanta Falcons shirts and bring a can for the Food Drive!

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 November 1, 2015. 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


This month students in grades 3-5 will be 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 15 curl ups and 10 push ups on the test! If your child can do more, that is awesome!

Upcoming Lesson Themes

September 28 - October 2 - Football (grades 3-5): Yarnballs, Throwing & Catching Games (grades K-2)

October 5 - October 9 - Soccer/Kicking (everyone)

October 12 - October 16 - Soccer/Kicking (everyone)

October 19 - October 23 - Rock Climbing & Cup Stacking

October 26 - October 30 - Fall Holiday Centers & Juggling/Deck Rings

Coach Nephew's Corner

Good Sports Etiquette

Hello everyone in this edition of our P.E. Newsletter I would like to talk about Sports Etiquette, which basically means having good manners during a sporting activity or game. As a nation our youth sports have gotten away from having good manners and have focused more on “winning”. We all want to win, but good manners will get our kids so much further in life. As parents and coaches we can help set the “Good” sports etiquette trend by teaching our kids good manners. Remember lead by example! Here is some “Good” sports etiquette that we can teach our kids:

Ø POSITIVE TALK – Keep cheers and outburst as positive as possible, think before you speak, is this something that I want my child to repeat

Ø NEVER SHOW NEGATIVE BEHAVIOR TOWARDS UMPIRES AND REFEREES – Remember our kids do and say what they see and hear

Ø GIVE SPACE FOR INJURED PLAYER – Take a knee while the injured player is being attended to

Ø CLAP FOR INJURED PLAYER – When an injured player is being removed from the playing area everyone should clap for to show concern

Ø SHOW RESPECT – Always show respect for coaches, players, parents, and umpires or referees

Ø SHAKE HANDS – Show Good Sportsmanship by shaking hands with the opposing team or opponent when the active or game is over and leave it all on the court or field.

This are just some “Good” sports etiquette that we can teach and show our young athletes that will make them better athletics and most importantly better people.

Stonewall Tell Receives the Governor's Gold SHAPE Award

Stonewall Tell has received the 2015 Governor’s Gold SHAPE Recognition for the 4th year in a row. This award recognizes elementary, middle and high schools for their dedication to creating a healthy school environment and a culture of wellness for staff, students and community. Georgia's K-12 public schools were invited to submit an application to be recognized by the Governor's Office, the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Public Health for their exceptional participation in the annual fitness assessment data collection process as well as their commitment to efforts that improve student wellness. A job well done by our students, parents, staff and community members.

Your Physical Education Teachers

Each month an electronic newsletter will be sent home letting you know about the physical education program at Stonewall Tell. Feel free to e-mail any of the teachers if you have any questions or concerns.


This is my 24th year teaching elementary physical education. I have 3 children, and love to travel! I have my National Board Certification in Physical Education; as well as, my Georgia Master Teacher Certificate.


This is my 27th year with Fulton County Schools. I love working in P.E., and I enjoy working with animals. I also teach with APEC and love Zumba.


This is my 12th year teaching physical education. Previously, I taught Health & Physical Education at West Lake High School. I have a 5 year old son who is the joy of my life.

Sharnea Boykin

I am a product of the Fulton County School System. I played basketball at Westlake. Later received an athletic scholarship to attend Mercer University. I enjoy being active just as much as I love my basketball.

Karen Bernstein -

I am a retired Fulton County Schools Health and Physical Education teacher. I am excited to work at Stonewall Tell on Wednesdays. I enjoy to travel and love going on adventures with my dog.

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.