Stonewall Tell P.E. Newsletter

December 2015

Jump Rope for Heart

The P.E. Department would like to thank the Stonewall Tell Community for another successful Jump Rope for Heart event. We raised over $1,500.00 for the American Heart Association! We will recognize the top student donations in the next issue of the newsletter. Thank you gifts from the American Heart Association will arrive sometime in January.

We would like to recognize all students that had over $75.00 in donations.

* Ayden Nephew from Ms. Woodruff's class

* Caleb Jones from Ms. Ward's class

* Aiden Jenette from Ms. Tuck's class

* Destiny Wilmington from Ms. Tuck's class

* Kamari Jenkins from Ms. Krishnakumar's class

* Laila Byrd from Ms. Bruce's class

* Deja Wilmington from Ms. Jeter's class

* Naimah Jasmin from Ms. Tate's class

* Grant Andrews from Ms. Martin's class

* Princeton Admakoah from Ms. Lane's class

SpeedStack Guiness Book of World Record Day

On Thursday, November 12 we helped to break the Guiness World Record Day of having the most people Cup Stacking on one day! There ended up being over 1/2 a million people stacking cups on this day throughout the world!

Hands Only CPR

Did you know that all students learned Hands Only CPR at Stonewall Tell? Students participated in hands on learning using the mannequins from the American Heart Association during P.E.

Ronald McDonald Everyday Leader Assembly

Students in grades K-2 enjoyed the "Everyday Leader" assembly with Ronald McDonald. Through music, magic and puppetry, students are encouraged to look inside themselves to find leadership qualities that they already possess and can exhibit on a daily basis. Key points: A leader inspires others to be their best, helps others to get to where they’re going - the right way, takes and accepts responsibility, sets a good example, listens, works with others and then takes action to achieve positive goals. The program was sponsored by the McDonalds on Fulton Industrial Blvd.

Upcoming Lesson Themes

December - DANCE!!! All students will be participating in various types of dance in physical education class during December. We will utilize the GeoDance Mats and Wii Dance. Students in grades K-2 will experience line dance, square dance, rhythm sticks, and ribbon wands. Students in grades 3-5 will be creating their own dances and use iPads to record/evaluate their routines

January 6 - January 8- Fitness

January 11 - January 22 - Tennis & Racket Sports

January 25 - February 12 - Gymnastics

Coach Nephew's Corner

B - Balance

E - Eyes



Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Coach’s Corner. This article is just advice or tips for different sports or activities that your student maybe involved in. In this issue I will focus on shooting with the proper form. The best way to teach proper shooting form for younger students is by using the acronym B.E.E.F.

'B' - Balance: Keep your feet shoulder-width apart, with your shooting foot slightly ahead of your non-shooting foot. If you're right-handed, your shooting foot is your right foot. If you're left-handed, then your shooting foot is your left foot. Make sure your entire body is aligned at a square to the basket.

'1st E' - Eyes: Choose a target - it could be the front of the rim, the center of the hoop, or the basket as a whole, and focus only on that. Don't watch the flight of the basketball, or your hand as you release the ball.

'2nd E' - Elbow: Cock your elbow back to a 90° angle and look at the back of your wrist. If you can see wrinkles, then you have your arm in the correct position. Rest the ball on the pads of your fingers with the center of the ball on your index finger, then place your guide hand on the side of the ball and make sure that it doesn't slip underneath it. You will not be using that hand to help shoot the ball - it is there to make sure that the ball doesn't fall off your hand before you shoot it and nothing more.

'F' - Follow-through: Straighten your elbow and release the ball by flicking your wrist, which gives the ball some backspin. You should look like you're reaching into a cookie jar that is on a shelf above your head.

This maybe hard at first, but if your student practice this routine over and over again it will get easy and start to feel natural after a while.

Keep Active Over the Break

It may be cold outside during the month of December, but you can still be active by going to It's free to join! There are brain exercises, kids zumba videos, kids dance videos, and more!


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!

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.





Karen Bernstein -

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:

Standard 1 - The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.

Standard 2 - The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.

Standard 3 - The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.

Standard 4 - The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.

Standard 5 - The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.