Stonewall Tell P.E. Newsletter

November 2013

Welcome to Issue 3!

November is a busy month in the physical education department! We will be holding our 16th annual Jump Rope for Heart event during class from November 13 - November 15. All students have received their donation envelopes and informational letters to take home.

All students will participate in this wonderful event regardless of donations - we are celebrating having a healthy heart. Any donations collected will be sent to the American Heart Association. Our goal this year is $3,000!

Students can also register online and create a website. Visit

FalCan Food Drive School Challenge

Thank you for bringing in your canned food and non-perishable items to school. We have filled up 3 of the collection bins, and have 2 more to go! The canned food drive ends on Friday, November 8. At that time, 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.

SpeedStack Guiness Book of World Record Day

On Thursday, November 14 we will be participating in the Guiness World Record Day of having the most people Cup Stacking on one day!


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!

Upcoming Lesson Themes

November 4 - November 8 - Jump Rope - Individual Jump Rope Tricks

November 11 - November 15 - Long jump rope & Jump Rope for Heart Event

November 18 - November 22 - Frisbee (review of throwing & catching)

December - DANCE!!!

Ronald McDonald Friendship Adventure

On Thursday, November 20, Ronald McDonald will be visiting students in grades K-3. His "Friendship Adventure" is a comprehensive program that focuses on how to discourage bullying and on the importance of friendship, cooperation, individual responsibility and active play of the mind and body. It includes music, magic, lots of audience participation and a timely message for students and teachers alike.

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.