Fair Park Physical Education

January 2015

Teachers Corner

We have finished up our basketball unit where we focused on dribbling, passing and shooting.

We are now beginning our volleyball unit where we will focus on skills like forearm pass, setting, and the underhand serve. We will also incorporate long jump roping and short jump roping into our warm-ups and younger grades will be playing a variety of net and scooter games.

The next two units will be tumbling and dance and before we know it, it will be spring!

Family Fitness Night Thursday, January 21st!

Come join us at Fair Park this Thursday, January 21st from 6:30-8:00.

We will meet in the gym for a quick warm up and then families will be rotating through 19 fitness stations set up throughout the school and gym. Don't worry each station is only 1 min and 30 seconds and there will be plenty of water breaks. Afterwards we will meet in the gym for a quick snack and raffle prizes.

Students MUST be accompanied by an adult in order to participate.

Jump Rope For Heart

Thank you to those of you who have already begun raising money for this great cause and thank you for your patience with the pups:) I have emphasized to students that they DO NOT have to raise money to participate in the event and that if their parents decide they are going to pass on fundraising for this event they need to respect your decision.

The event will be held the week of Feb 8th-12th during students' P.E. classes and it will consist of different jumping and movement stations set up throughout the gym. I will also be handing out raffle prizes.

Donations are due the week of the event. If your child is done fundraising, they can turn their donation envelope in early. If your child raised enough $ to earn prizes, they will not be delivered for at least a month after the event.

What is Jump Rope for Heart?

It’s a rope-jumping special event program. It promotes community service by raising funds for the American Heart Association to support lifesaving heart and stroke research and educational programs while teaching physical fitness.

Why is Jump Rope for Heart important?

  • Heart disease and stroke are America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers and touch all of our lives.
  • More than 9.2 million children and adolescents (ages 6-19) are considered overweight or obese, based on the 95th percentile or higher of body mass index (BMI).
  • Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight adults.
  • Obesity increases a person’s risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and many other chronic illnesses, and it leads to higher healthcare costs.
  • Jump Rope for Heart raises funds for research and programs to reduce heart disease, stroke and their risk factors and improve health in people of all ages.
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Heisdorf 2nd Grade Jump Rope

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What is Fitness Class?

Students who are in 3rd and 4th grade get an extra fitness class each week that is 20 minutes long. Activities are centered around fitness components like cardiovascular, flexibility, strength and endurance exercises. Because time and space are limited, most fitness activities are done with partners or small groups. Ask your child about different games like Fitness Bingo, Math Action Fitness or Rainbow run.

Riffel/Sternig 4th Grade Fitness

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Baby Barbera Coming Soon!

For those of you that do not know, I am expecting a baby boy this spring. I love working with elementary students because even though I have been talking about the baby since the beginning of the school year and I am visibly pregnant I still have students saying, "Wait a minute, you're having a baby?!" My due date is March 8th and I plan on working up to that date or as close as possible.

I am in the process of finding a long term sub for me. I am pleased to say I have several candidates that all have a physical education background. As soon as I know who my sub will be I will let you know.