May 2017: Field Day Edition

KIS PE Newsletter May 8, 2017

It is really hard to imagine that  this 2016-17  school year is so close to reaching its end point. In physical education classes we are looking forward to ending the school year on a high note.

After an interesting spring where temperatures soared above average to rain and gusty winds, the is light at the end of the tunnel.

Our annual KIS Field Days (Grade 5- May 16, Grade 4-May 17) will be taking place and hopefully, the weather will cooperate.

Thanks to Kim Phillips and the PTO for sending out the volunteer sign-up genius on May 1. A quick shout-out to the many parents that signed up so quickly.

If you helped in the past and remember what event you did see if we still do that or pick an event to your liking and we will try to accommodate if possible. At the same time there are going to be some adjustments to stations and events that are not on the list of activities. We will have a field day rain or shine.

Thanks ahead of time to the PTO for helping with T-shirt Design Contest for 5th grade as well as those parent station managers/ volunteers who will help run all the stations and team event on field days.

Mr. Hall is so appreciative of the number of parents who lend their time and energy to K.I.S. throughout the school year.

In the classroom, all students  are using the T-bow’s, an apparatus using balance, and integrating fitness components, stretch band fitness, and core muscle work. . We have been doing, Juggling with Scarves, Bowling Pin and Scarf eye/hand coordination, preparing for Field Days, Human Tic, Tac, Toe (with cup stacking, scooters, scarves, and beanbags), and finish with scooter soccer and  mini-scooter hockey.

If there any questions concerning field day, please let me know as soon as possible. We will meet (parents,Mr. Jeff George, and myself) at 8:30 A.M. in the gymnasium for instructions on field day. Students this year are collecting for the Friends of Bainbridge Food Pantry. Our student council is leading the way in collecting and communicating to their classmates.     

Mr. Hall    

End of April, Beginning of May

KIS PE Newsletter end of April/ early MAY 2015-16

It is really hard to fathom that  this 2015-16  school year is starting to inch forward and be completed down but, in physical education classes we are looking forward to ending the school year on a high note.

After a long but not very cold winter season (N.E. Ohio style) ,there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Our annual KIS Field Days (Grade 4- May 17, Grade 5-May 18) will be taking place here before you know it. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate. For the first time since our move to the old middle school (the current KIS building),  we  hosted and completed  a partial indoor/ outdoor event schedule for our fifth grade last year. We will hope Mother Nature takes it easy on us this time.

A volunteer sign-up genius was sent out or was in the process of being sent at the time of this newsletter to parents  who were interested in helping run this great event . If it did not, please wait until it does or check Mr. Hall’s website for where more information can be found. You can also email him ASAP (Jon.hall@kenstonapps.org) to sign-up individually.

If you helped in the past and remember what event you did see if we still do that or pick an event to your liking and we will try to accommodate if possible. Keep in mind with construction now in the works around K.I.S. we might have to adjust stations and events that are not on the list of activities. We will have a field day rain or shine.

Thanks ahead a time to the PTO for helping with T-shirt Design Contest as well as those parent station managers/ volunteers who will help run all the stations and team event on field days. Mr. Hall is so appreciative of the number of parents who lend their time and energy to K.I.S. throughout the school year. A  special thank-you to Lynne Hamilton for E-Blasting the sign-up, PTO President Kristin Spillman, and PTO Board for all they have done for the P.E. Department this school year.

In the classroom, all students  learned a Zumba Dance Party steps to Ghostbusters and Love is Gone. We have been doing Aerobic Bowling, Juggling with Scarves, Bowling Pin and Scarf eye/hand coordination, prepared for Field Days, Human Tic, Tac, Toe (with cup stacking, scooters, scarves, and beanbags),scooter relays, scooter mini-hockey. We finish the year or hope to finish with Tennis, T-bow’s an apparatus using balance, and fitness components), stretch bands, and core muscle work.
Mr. Hall    

February/First Part of March 2016

February 2016

Physical Education 2015 February and Part March

The physical education classes cranked up  some movement but Mother Nature surprised us a few times and put a stop to the movement inside (PE classes) and outside (daily recess).

However, once classes resumed it was to an assault of students moving around on scooters and their own two feet by finishing a unit on team handball. A variety and different types of balls were used to pass and catch with learning the steps, how to defend, and cooperation. Hoop ball incorporated these same items. We used eye-hand coordination and cardio-respiratory component in catching and chasing scarves.

In our warm-ups with Hop Sports we focused on flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and cardio-respiratory all parts of the daily components of fitness as we did exercises and stretches with the Functional Fitness Program and yoga.

We started the end of January with an introduction to yoga and body movement using various muscle groups to try to get us a little bit more flexible and stronger The emphasis was on learning different poses and how they relate to what we already do such as planks, push-ups, and squats while using the iron cross, torso twist, and hop grids in sync with different positions (i.e. toes out, toes inward).

As we make progress the children are or will be doing core workouts, resistance bands, step aerobics, kickboxing, and using the T-bows.

It is hopeful that many students continue to share many things we do in class with family and friends that it is important to have a healthy mind and a healthy body.

Remember all students are athletes regardless if they play on a team.  Some kids are better at climbing a tree, riding a bike, swimming, or snow skiing to name a few and this takes talent. So again we are all athletes! Our Hop Sports program and other activities stress the importance of balance.

By being a role model, you as parents can show your kids the way to staying active, and set a good example too when it comes to be physically fit and eating habits for wellness.

Our annual Hoops for Heart Community Service project for P.E. sponsored by the American Heart Association is taking place from Feb. 22- February 26. In this unit students will be playing a variety games and working on skills to promote a healthy heart as Heart Disease and Stroke are two of the of the leading causes of death in our country.

Since 1978, funds raised have helped support efforts to create healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke and the more than $830 million going to research and educational programs. During the past year, the AHA has spent over $8 million on new research broadly related to children’s’ heart disease. The funding for pediatric cardiac research is second only to the federal government

.Students who go online and personalize their webpage raise an average of $130; students who create a webpage but don’t personalize the page raise an average of $70 and students who use just the envelope raise an average of $30

Remember most likely inactive children become inactive adults. Our goals are to increase student’s knowledge of how the heart works and the best way to take care of them.  Mr. Hall’s mother, June, is once again the Heart Ambassador for our school. Mrs. Hall has had a few heart ailments over the past several years as this disease hits home with family history and battle with heart issues.

The H4H collection envelopes are due the week of Febraury 29-March 4. Thank-you gifts will be distributed as soon as possible when they arrive from AHA. AHA would like for you to donate on-line.

Students who go online and personalize their webpage raise an average of $130; students who create a webpage but don’t personalize the page raise an average of $70 and students who use just the envelope raise an average of $30

There are new incentives and motivations for students with the LIFESAVER PUPPIES.

Of course once again many basketball skills will be honed and improved upon during the course of our unit. Mr. Hall in the past has learned that playing Knockout can be dangerously fun especially when there are such great shooters, hustlers, and great teammates.

The children will play other shooting games and do cardiovascular activities (example- shuffle tag) that hope to increase heart rates.  All the students during Hoops for Heart Week will play in a Hot Shot Blitz contest. Our total money raised and donated to the American Heart Association will be in our next newsletter.

All 5th graders will be taking a review test on what they have learned thus far in at the end of March. My website has the test and answer key that deals with Shape America (National Standards as well as Ohio Department of Education, Standard 4 that includes components of fitness, fitness concepts, Physical Best vocabulary, and muscle groups/ word associations. All kids in 5th grade took this back in early August/September.

The students will also will be doing an ELA english/ writing assignment incorporating physical education, recreational activities, and enjoyment of being active. They will be graded on a three point rubric and this will be used as a writing assignment with english teacher.  More information on this to follow.

January Newsletter 2016

January, 2016

PE NEWSLETTER

♥Physical Education

the only subject that makes your heart race

Well…thanks to the El Nino weather pattern what a difference in temps as the weather as December was a heatwave of sorts not common to all Northerners.

We bring in the new year with an emphasis on hula hooping and jumping rope -trying to master the forward flip and jumping backwards. The classes are using HopSports Stix and trying to carve up their warm-up using them as lightsabers (like Luke Skywalker),and swashbuckling swords (aka, Errol Flynn) Using the patterns that allows us to using a variety of muscles and stretches.

Presently, we are playing a game called Battleships/ Sink the Ships that uses scooters as lifeboats, mats as the boats, gator skin balls as cannons/ torpedoes, and bowling pins for flags. The idea is to knock down the four pins and sink the vessel. Students then must do an exercise such as run two laps around the gym or in this case around the island. Also incorporating strength the students must have all hands on deck and do push-ups.  started last year-cold and windy. This activity requires teamwork, throwing and catching, hand/eye coordination, balance, blocking skills, and strategic play.

To get our bodies moving we will be using scooters more with scooter soccer. The students will also being doing a Fitness Unit (yoga, steps aerobics, stretch bands, dance, kickboxing,and some Tae Bo while  increasing our (MVPA) moderate to physical activity and measuring our heart rates at certain points. By working at a 60-80% level this will help burn calories while getting stronger with stamina and endurance.

A real key and emphasis is to remember to come prepared with tennis/gym shoes on their assigned days. With our weather and outdoor recess students tend to wear boots all day long in their classrooms. Please put a reminder on somewhere (refrigerator) to remind your son or daughter about physical education meeting time and maybe put an extra pair of shoes if they one in their lockers at all times..

Our concentration as always is to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. With that being said it extremely important especially during the winter months to get out as part of our Standard 3 (being active for 60 minutes or more/ 10,000-12,000 steps per day) inside and outside of school.

Our P.E classes do work everyday on different exercises while  learning muscle groups and balance with our Hop Sports program that we got from our grant a few years ago.

As part of our PEAK at Kenston Schools, respect and self-control, and  enjoyment while working together are emphasized all the time in class.

Upcoming in March or April  the 5th grade students will have a comprehensive assessment that encompasses what we have learned on Components of Fitness and Fitness Concepts, and  Physical Best vocabulary that  deals with muscle groups and other health-related components. This test and materials are on Mr. Hall’s website. They took this assessment in September to get a baseline score.

Our Hoops for Heart community service project is approaching in February (22-26). More information will be sent home as well as to our school page on-line. By participating the students will be encouraged, motivated, and inspired to why personal health is important and consequences that may lead to problems later in life.

Cavs Straight A’s program continues this second  quarter. If your son or daughter earned the honor please they are to see Mr. Hall or listen for announcements. The Cavs only do this program for the first half of the school year. However, the Cleveland Indians try to recognize students with their High Achievers Club and  this happens later in the baseball season.

Many students are wearing Fit Bits or some tracking devices Mr. Hall  challenges all do a Digital Fast for this month and next. This is where you do without electronic devices for a whole day! So go out and be active. In an age without things to keep us entertained there no  Smart phones, tablets, Facebook, Skype, Twitter, and HD televisions—So get out and move!

September/October Newsletter

We are off to a great start here at Kenston Intermediate School and I am excited to showcase all of the great things that are taking place during Physical Education on our website. We have a very different schedule this year  with every class receiving two physical education classes per week. Please check with your child and make note of what days they will have PE.

One of the biggest hindrances is forgetting proper footwear on their scheduled day.

Students will be able to participate fully in all our activities when they are dressed appropriately. This means they are hopefully wearing athletic clothes and closed toed shoes on PE day. Shoes that fit tighter always seem to work better; inadequate dress may increase the risk of accidents and may even cause your child to have to sit out. Please, no sandals, crocs or large soled shoes on PE day.

If at any time your child is unable to participate in PE because of sickness or injury, please send me a note. If a long term illness occurs or there is an existing medical problem, please send a doctor’s note to excuse your child from PE activities and inform school nurse Mrs. Terry DiMarco .

As always, safety is of utmost importance during PE. Each child will be expected to follow directions and work with others in the safest, most cooperative ways possible.

I look forward to a wonderful year with all of our students and I am excited to watch our students interact and grow as people. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email or by phone if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for all your continued support and involvement in your child’s education, you make the difference.

The students at K.I.S. have definitely been on the move in Physical Education classes during the months of September and early October.

A Congratulations is in order for the PTO Fundraiser “Run Blue, Walk Blue, Pledge Blue.” This  3rd Annual event helps the K.I.S. PTO and stresses the importance of our health and wellness plan.

We hope that students participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes a day.

Hopefully, your child at recess and at home is not in a  sedentary stage. Only 20 percent of schools nationwide require recess.

Again I put this in the newsletter.  Students who are physically active tend to have better grades, regular school attendance, improved cognitive performance, appropriate focus and classroom behaviors. No, physical activity may not solve all of our problems, but it does ensure we are providing the best possible chance for our students to succeed.

We have been successful in class by using pedometers and running , playing games of Capture the Flag Kickball, Alaskan- Norwegian Ball, Castle Ball, and we will soon get to Guard the Pin, Team Handball. End Line Ball, and Pin Bingo.   We have been learning about muscle groups and word associations that will help students learn about what muscle they are using on an everyday basis. Emphasis and understanding of these components encourages a healthy lifestyle plan throughout one’s lifetime.

Every student finished part one of  Fitnessgram testing. The Fitnessgram tests aerobic capacity, trunk lift (measures extensor strength and the distance between the floor and the students chin), curl ups (measures abdominal strength and endurance), push ups, back-saver sit and reach (test one leg at a time with one knee bent and one straight against a box and reach forward), and shoulder stretch (where students with one arm over their shoulder and one behind their back try to touch their fingers and alternate arms). The kids tried  to achieve in their healthy fitness zone levels.  During second semester is is our hope that all students will see if they made significant strides in their overall fitness levels by reaching their healthy fitness zone (HFZ) on each part of the test. HFZ’s differ for boys and girls based on age.

The Cleveland Cavaliers Straight A’s program will be used once again for our first two grading periods. This optional program rewards students with incentives based on an A’s report card. Detailed information will be posted to our KIS website and Mr. Hall’s very soon. Since the first nine weeks ends on October 16, announcements, due dates, etc., will be forthcoming.

If there is something you would like to contribute to our class, feel free to contact Mr. Hall (Jon.Hall@Kenstonapps.org).