Valders Elementary School

Physical Education News Update


The 3rd and 4th graders will be starting rollerblading on January 16th. There are a few things you need to know:

1) You will definitely want your child to wear long socks. Students who wear ankle-cut or crew socks tend to end up with blisters (from the rubbing of the top of the rollerblade on the back of the calf muscle).

2) All students need a helmet to rollerblade. If you have a helmet at home, please have your child bring it in. They will keep it by their jacket/backpack throughout the rollerblading unit. If you don't have a helmet, I do have spares--I just don't have enough spares for everyone. A helmet will also help maximize your child's skate time because they won't need to check out and get a helmet fitted by me each time they skate.

3) If your child has their own pair of rollerblades and would like to use them, they can bring them in. They will need to be in good shape to be able to use on the gym floor. I would recommend putting the rollerblades in a ba thatg your child can easily recognize, such as an old backpack, duffle bag, or a reusable grocery bag. Plastic grocery bags end up destroyed. They will be allowed to keep their rollerblades in the physical education storage closet until the unit is over.

We will be doing an introduction to rollerblading on Thursday and Friday (the 12th and 13th) and then fully starting Monday, January 16th. You can have your child bring in their gear as soon as you'd like. You'll also be receiving a hard copy of this info soon.

If you have any questions, you can email me at

Thank you!

Joy Palecek

Elementary Physical Education Teacher

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