On The Move

SPEA eNewsletter - October Edition 2014

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The Four Pillars

The goal of our eNewsletter is to provide support to our members through the four pillars; Advocacy, Curriculum, Networking and Relationships. Within each pillar we will provide resources and support in the form of "go to" websites, documents, events and more!


Regional Director Feature of the Month!

For the month of October, SPEA will be highlighting our AMAZING Regional Directors! In a blog post each week, we will be featuring one of your RD's; Who they are, where they teach, their favourite thing to to do, and why they are part of the SPEA organization.

Click here for our first RD feature of the month - Julie Andrews!

Quality Daily Physical Education Award

Does your school qualify for a Quality Daily Physical Education award? We hope so! QDPE is a well-planned school program of compulsory physical education provided for a minimum of 30 minutes each day to all students (kindergarten to grade 12) throughout the school year. QDPE ensures that all children who receive it have the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and habits that they need to lead physically active lives now, and just as importantly, into the future. A QDPE school is one that values the importance of physical education to the complete learning of our children, and has engrained QDPE and physical activity into the foundation and culture of the school environment.

To learn more about the criteria for this award and to apply for your school please check out the following link. Applications for the QDPE award are due by December 19, 2014.

Please contact Kailey Smith (smithka@spsd.sk.ca) or Jen Buettner (buettnerj@spsd.sk.ca) if you have any questions regarding the award and the application process.

Click here to access the QDPE page on the website for more information and the application form.

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Physical & Health Education (PHE) Canada Welcomes You Back!

We recently blogged about PHE Canada and shared some information about their recent newsletter, mission and vision statement and how to become a member!

Click here to find out more!


ABC's of Your Class

Thank you to Jen Buettner for sharing her form of a beginning of the year "Parent Letter" with us that she adapted from a TeachersPayTeachers.com resource. We thought this was such a great idea that we needed to share it with all of you! Click below to check out the resource!

ABC's of Your Class
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Movement Skills Resource

The movement skills resource was developed to assist those working with youth in a movement setting. All movement skills connect to Saskatchewan’s physical education curriculum grades one to five.

Proceeds from the purchase of this resource go to Growing Young Movers Youth Development Inc., a non-profit organization aimed at providing movement opportunities for underserved youth.

Click here to view the videos.

Movement Skills Resource Overview


PD Opportunity Reminder

In our last newsletter we listed a number of great PD opportunities. Click here to check out that newsletter and the PD opportunities.

You can click here to see the Growing Young Movers: Mini Summit for developing physical literacy poster.

Click here to register for the mini summit (Registration opening soon!).

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SPARK Webinar - "Join the Global PE Community - Online!"

Wednesday, Oct. 15th, 4-5pm

This is an online event.

Naomi Hartl will be presenting on how social media is being used by Physical Education teachers around the world to improve their teaching practice through networking, collaborating, and sharing ideas and resources.

For more information go to their website.

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Huddle Connect Webinar- "Rethinking the Role of Physical Education for the 21st Century Learner"

Tuesday, Oct. 21st, 6pm

This is an online event.

Make sure to check out the Huddle Connect monthly, 1-hour webinars exploring topics in Health & Physical Education! They have invited top H&PE experts to help you improve your H&PE program. This online professional development series is brought to you by Thompson Educational Publishing.

In the month of October they are featuring Dr. James Mandigo as he discusses "Rethinking the Role of Physical Education for the 21st Century Learner". Join Dr. James Mandigo as he takes a fresh look at Physical Education for the 21st century. James Mandigo’s research focuses on youth and the development of life skills through physical education and sport. He is a past President of Ophea and has earned numerous awards, including an Award for Distinguished Teaching and an Award for Teaching Excellence. To register for this webinar click here!

On November 18th, Dr. Louise Humbert will present on what H&PE teachers can do to in increase student engagement and decrease dropout rates. More info to come on her session! For more information checkout their website.

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Saturday, Oct. 25th, 9-11am

This is an online event.

Strap up your boots, actually boot up your computer – we are going on a journey to the #PhysEdSummit. The #PhysEdSummit is professional development chosen by YOU and facilitated by professionals within the physical education field. Topics are on Physical Literacy, Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU), Integration of Meaningful Technology and Standards Based Grading. There will also be round table discussions of best practices within the physical education classroom. All sessions will be LIVE streamed through Google Hangouts on Air and posted on YouTube for you to view.

The #PhysEdSummit is not intended to replace provincial, state, national or international conferences. There is something to say about the need for, and power of the face to face interactions and networking that happens at these conferences. The intentions are to keep the fire burning in the lull time, between major conferences, to keep all #PEgeeks connected, sharing and learning as a community! Together we are stronger!

Click here to read more about this great opportunity ----> The #PhysEdSummit


Hopes & Dreams Survey

Take a look at how Jenn Foley engages her students and parents at the start of her school year with her Hopes & Dreams Survey! If you have any questions please comment below!

Hopes & Dreams Survey (Parent/Guardians)


Hopes & Dreams Survey (Students)