Stonewall Tell P.E. Newsletter

January/ February 2014

Happy New Year!

As the new year begins, we hope our families continue to be active and healthy together.


Today a sedentary lifestyle dominates our children’s lives. The average child spends numerous hours in front of TVs and computers; not developing his perceptual motor skills. Simply put those skills that enable him to act on and respond to information received.

Many children have low muscle tone and poor concentration. This in turn, may impact social and emotional skills. Intellectual skills may even be affected.

So, get outside and play with your child! Need some ideas? Here are some websites worth checking out:

Get Kids in Action

8 Good Old-Fashioned Outdoor Games

Games Kids Play

Student Pedometer Contest

We hope that your child has been enjoying the pedometer that we gave to them! We had a lot of students bring the pedometers to class during the month of December to have their steps logged into a book.

The following students had over 30,000 steps in December:

* Nigel Shoyoye from Ms. Waller's class.

* Aisha Diop from Mr. Borders' class.

* Quinn Wall from Ms. Williams 4th grade class.

* Blair Kearns from Mr. Hunter's class.

* Noa Bennafield from Ms. Williams 5th grade class.

* Amina Mbow from Ms. Martin's class.

* Hakeem Mohammad from Ms. Alexander's class.

SkateTime School Program

At the end of February, students in grades 4 & 5 will get to experience roller skating during physical education class! Permission slips have been sent home. Please fill those out and return by Friday, February 7. The usual cost for this program is $9.00 per student, but we have received a $3,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Health to provide the in-school field trip for FREE to our students!

Please let one of the P.E. teachers know if you need a new permission slip. If you prefer to not have your child roller skate, please let us know and they will have an alternate fitness assignment.

Click on the link for additional information:

Upcoming Lesson Themes

January 7 - January 14 - Tennis/Racket Sports

January 15 - January 31 - Hockey

February 3 - February 21 - Gymnastics

February 24 - March 14 - Rollerskating for grades 4 & 5

Volleyball - grades K-3

March 17 - March 21 - Fitness Testing

March 24 - April 4 - Basketball


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! Fitness testing begins next week in P.E.!

Mark Your Calendars - Field Days

Here are the dates for field days this year. Field day t-shirt order forms will go home in March.

Grades 5, 3, 1 - Wednesday, April 30

Grades 4, 2, K - Thursday, May 1

Rain Date - Friday, May 2

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.