January Newsletter 2016

Jackson Elementary

Teacher's Corner

This month we've been spending our time learning how to perform a wide variety of tumbling skills during class (forward/backward roll, cartwheel, round-off). In the next two weeks we will introduce the climbing rope, balance beam, vault, and gymnastic rings! Each grade level has different progressions for each and by the time they leave Jackson they will have many different experiences to take with them.

Jump Rope for Heart! (Feb. 8th-12th during class)

Next week Friday, Jan. 22nd, our representative from American Heart Association will be making a brief presentation at our learning assembly that will kick off our Jump Rope for Heart event. Last year I was blown away by the high participation level and was very thankful to be a part of such a supportive community. The donation packets that are provided will be sent home that Friday and the last day to return them is February 26th.

What is Jump Rope for Heart?

It’s a rope-jumping event that promotes community service by raising funds 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.