SHAPE Michigan

Newsletter - October, 2021

Welcome from SHAPE Michigan!

Welcome to the SHAPE Michigan October Newsletter!

We hope your school year is going well! Though the fall convention has been

postponed, SHAPE Michigan will continue to provide you with quality resources and professional development opportunities! Updates on the convention and other virtual

opportunities will be announced soon! !

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!

Executive Director's Corner

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Please read Dr. Berkey's column about the postponement of the convention. We had an

action packed schedule planned including excellent, engaging, and diverse speakers.

Look for additional information coming soon!



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These 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 on the following link for access:

CATCH will also be joining us to describe their exciting programs and opportunities!

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Come celebrate with us.....Majors of Year & TriFound Grant Recipients

November 4th from 7:00-8:00

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REGISTER NOW University of Michigan's Health & Fitness Workshop:

Click HERE to learn more.

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SHAPE Michigan is pleased to be a partner with CATCH Global Foundation in their two year state-wide expansion funded by Michigan Health Endowment Fund. You can read more about the CATCH Program in Michigan and learn how to participate here.

CATCH Global Foundation with the generous support of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is offering a limited number of Michigan K-8 schools access to it’s unique training, implementation and support model and evidence-based Whole Child Coordination resources at no cost this school year. You can read more about the CATCH Program in Michigan and enroll your school here:

Not sure if this program is right for your school/district? Take the first step of the Whole Child Guided Journey, the Whole Child Leadership training, before deciding to move forward. Up to 3 people per school are invited to attend this free, live via zoom training on either Tuesday, November 2nd 4:00-6:00 EST, Wednesday, November 10th 3:30-5:30 EST or Thursday, November 11th 12:00-2:00 EST. You can decide whether or not this program is a good fit after the training -- No commitment required. Please email Abby Rose to rsvp for the training and specify your preferred date.

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If you are interested in learning more about Adaptive Tennis for your PE students, the USTA/Southeastern Michigan District & Liberty Athletic Club have partnered to offer a free Train The Trainer Clinic and Play Day on November 20th. This is a great opportunity to learn from a professionally trained and certified teacher and coach, Jamie Oppenlander. You can learn tips and tricks, activities, games, and more to take back to your own Physical Education class.

Following the Train the Trainer Clinic, we are also offering a free Adaptive Tennis Play Day for adaptive students to attend and play some tennis. The Play Day is also a great way for Physical Education teachers to learn how to put adaptive tennis into action on court or gym floor. Please share the information below with any colleagues or students that you think might be interested in participating.

Please click the links below to register.

Train the Trainer Clinic:

Play Day Registration:

Questions? Contact Susan Courtright: Hope to see you there!

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Rachel Fetterley is a visiting professor at Grand Valley State University in the Health and Physical Education Program. She teaches Health in Elementary Schools and PE and Dance for Elementary Education to pre-service teachers as well as Personal Health and Wellness as a general education course. Previously, Rachel has taught in the classroom for seventeen years in the areas of Health and Dance. She feels passionate about instilling in her students a love for lifelong fitness and health practices, and chose to pursue a profession in the area of health because she feels it is the content area that can really change lives!

Rachel’s love for fitness and wellness carries into her personal life as well. Her hobbies include weightlifting, cooking healthy meals, and being active with her family: hiking, going for walks on the beach, and bike riding. She and her husband, Jarrid, live in Spring Lake and have three children: daughters Chase (20), Lulu (5), and son, Jude (17).

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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