January/February

Happy New Year from the Eccles and Knight gyms.  During p.e. for the next few weeks students at both schools will be working on striking skills used in net sports.  Students in grades 3-6 will be practicing the volleyball skills of bumping, setting and serving in lead-up and regular games.  Grades K-2 will be working on both locomotor skills and hand striking skills as well, but with balloons.  After the volleyball unit ends in January we will move into a unit on striking skills using long and short-handled racquets, with grades 3-6 focusing on playing badminton and grades K-2 playing lead-up games that utilize short-handled racquet skills.  The last week in January also marks the first progress report of the year.  As per Canby School District policy, your child’s p.e. grade is based on reaching the end of the year benchmarks and standards.  These include national, state, and district leveled standards that are composed of movement, thinking and social skills.  Movement, or locomotor, skills include the foundational sports movements of running, jogging, sliding, galloping, skipping, hopping, jumping and leaping; as well as skills specific to a sport or game.  Thinking, or cognitive, skills involve demonstrating the rules, strategies and procedures of games and activities.  Affective, or social, skills involve working cooperatively and positively with others, being respectful, using appropriate problem-solving techniques when appropriate, and demonstrating good sportsmanship.   Children grow and improve a great deal throughout the course of a school year, so if your child receives a grade of 2 on the first report card that does not mean that he/she is doing poorly in class.  It simply means that he/she has not reached the end of the year benchmarks in all of the areas listed above.  As always I encourage you to ask your children about what they’re learning in p.e., and to get out and practice it with them as much as you can.  Remember, the person who has the most fun wins.

November/December

Happy holidays from the Eccles and Knight gyms.  The K-2 students from both schools have been working through a unit on the fundamentals of throwing and catching as well as working on improving their fluency in the fundamental locomotor movements of sliding, galloping, skipping, hopping and leaping.  Students in grades 3-6 have been working through a unit on basketball skills and playing lead-up games that focus on throwing and catching as well as offensive and defensive strategies.  In class the week after Thanksgiving all students will be participating in a physical fitness circuit before we finish up the basketball and throwing units before Christmas.  I hope you and your family have a fantastic holiday season.  As always I encourage you to ask your child/children what they are learning about in p.e. class, and to get out and practice it with them whenever you can.  Remember, the person who has the most fun wins!

October

As the leaves change color and the days grow shorter it means that basketball season is just around the corner.  This week the students at both Knight and Eccles continued working on striking skills as we began a unit on basketball with a review of dribbling and played dribbling games.  From now until Thanksgiving students in grades 3-6 will continue working on the basketball skills of shooting, passing, catching and playing 3-on3 and 4-on4 games; while grades k-2 will work on shooting before beginning a unit on throwing and catching.  During the week of October 17-21 we will continue the tradition of celebrating Red Ribbon Week with an obstacle course during p.e., for both schools.  Also scheduled for that week on Wednesday, October 19 is the Eccles Walk, Jog and Roll-a-thon.  The students at Eccles will walk, jog or roll during their normal p.e. time.  I’m really looking forward to being there to help support this year’s event and to cheer on and help the kids.  As always I encourage you to ask your children about what they are learning about in p.e. class, and I hope you get the chance to get out practice it with them.  Remember, the person who has the most fun wins.

Welcome Back! August/September

I’m happy to be back for my second year of working with all the great people in Canby.  Like last year, I will be seeing all of the students at Eccles and Knight for one 30-minute class each week.  To start the year in p.e. it has been really impressive to watch the students in every class work so well together to successfully complete some cooperative activities that integrate fitness and teamwork.  During the next three weeks students in grades k-6 will be working on striking skills with a short soccer unit.  The week of September 19-23 students in grades 4-6 will participate in the PACER aerobic fitness test during their p.e. time.  After soccer, we will cover the fundamentals of basketball.  At both Eccles and Knight we keep a shelf with gently-used tennis shoes available for students to borrow if they have forgotten or outgrown their own.  If you ever end up with a pair of gently-used tennis shoes that your child has outgrown or that you have no one to hand them down to, please consider sending them to school with your child to add to our shelf.  The shoe shelf has been very valuable.  It has allowed many students who don’t have tennis shoes with them to participate more comfortably and successfully in class.  Any donations would be greatly appreciated.  I’m looking forward to helping all of the students at Eccles and Knight develop their thinking, movement and social skills in class this year.  I hope you get a chance to get active with your child and have him/her show you what they are learning about in p.e.  Remember, the person who has the most fun wins.