Stonewall Tell P.E. Newsletter
March/ April 2014
Mark Your Calendars - Field Days
Here are the dates for field days this year. Field day t-shirts will be passed out at the end of April during P.E.
Grades 5, 3, 1 - Wednesday, May 7
Grades 4, 2, K - Thursday, May 8
Rain Date - Friday, May 9
We need parents to volunteer to help and/or donate items for field day! Forms will go home after spring break. Thank you in advance.
SkateTime School Program
Roller skating at Stonewall Tell was a huge hit! This will definately become a permanent part of the physical education program at Stonewall Tell! The grant that we received from the Georgia Department of Health helped to provide the in-school field trip for FREE to our students!
Parents and teachers also skated with our students. Roller skating is a great lifetime fitness activity for the entire family.
Click on the link for additional information: http://www.skatetime.com/franchise/GA-Info-Sheet.pdf
Student Taste Testing in P.E.
Being a fit person also includes eating healthy. On Wednesday, March 19, students in grades K-2 participated in a taste testing of various kinds of fruits in P.E. The cafeteria staff provided samples of fruits for the students to taste! The students then used SMART remotes to vote on the fruits and their thoughts about them. Strawberries were voted the best tasting, and the blueberries were the most sour.
The student have finally finished their state mandated Fitnessgram test. Fitness "report cards" will be sent home for students in grades 4 & 5 with the final report card. If you have a question about your child's scores, please e-mail one of the P.E. teachers.
If you have any questions about the Georgia Law regarding Fitnessgram testing, please click on the following link: http://www.fitnessgram.net/state-information/georgia
Atlanta Falcons Player to Participate in P.E. on Friday, April 4
Our school has won a prize from Fuel Up to Play 60 recognizing our efforts in health and fitness at Stonewall Tell Elementary School. Atlanta Falcons player Harry Douglas will give our 4th & 5th grade P.E. classes a motivational talk on Friday and participate in class with them! Awesome!
Keeping Active As A Family
WHY DO CHILDREN NEED TO BE ACTIVE?
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 http://www.getkidsinaction.org/kids/#home
8 Good Old-Fashioned Outdoor Games
Games Kids Play www.gameskidsplay.net/
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:
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 www.PresidentsChallenge.org to learn more
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:
- Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of activities.
- Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activity.
- Participates regularly in physical activity.
- Achieves and maintains a health enhancing level of physical fitness.
- Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
- Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.