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Welcome back to school everyone! Hope you had a great summer and I am looking forward
to hearing all about it. A few reminders about being prepared for gym class: it is important to
have a water bottle, running shoes (and outdoor shoes because if the weather is good we
will likely be outside), an extra shirt if you have an early gym class so you won’t be
uncomfortable, and a growth mindset when it comes to learning new skills and games.
I am interested in looking at having a couple of varsity teams this year. If you are interested
in playing junior high volleyball or high school basketball please let me know so I can see if we
have enough interest to join the varsity league this year. If there is another sport you would
like to see I am entertaining all possibilities. So students if there is a sport that is important to
you let me know and I will try my best to make something happen!
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Spring is back and as the warm weather comes we will be outside frequently for gym. April tends to be a bit wet and muddy so having rubber boots at school can make it a little more fun to be outside. All classes have already been out on the new cultural trail and once the field dries up we will be playing some softball and soccer outdoors too.
February seemed to fly by! Just a couple of notes this month:
Grades 4 and up got to go snowshoeing on the cultural trail which was a fun way to experience winter.
The grade 7’s have started a unit focused on teambuilding and working collaboratively. Grade 10 has started a work-out plan and visits the fitness centre last period on each Day 1.
We have lots of fun activities planned for Winter Carnival coming up this month and once the weather warms up a bit we will be going outside more often again.
A number of students do not have indoor shoes anymore and this is making it difficult and sometimes dangerous to participate. Boots can’t be worn on the gym floor and socks are very slippery.
Half-way through the year and I have noticed a lot of improvement in students' fundamental movement skills. K - 4 just finished gymnastics and everyone did a great job!
Grades 5-9 finished units on volleyball, badminton, and just started basketball.
We didn’t start our dance unit yet so that will happen this term and we will also get outside more for outdoor education!
For all our students who are or will be 13 by Feb. 26 we have an opportunity to compete in the North American High School E-sports League. We can field teams of 3 plus one alternate in FIFA, Madden, League of Legends or Rocket League. Anyone interested is welcome to let me know and I can provide more info and get them registered. It is an excellent opportunity to compete online and a chance to win a piece of the $600k in scholarships given to winning teams.
Welcome back to school everyone and Happy New Year! We have a lot to look forward to in 2021. Our first week back we will be playing some of our favorite games and then K to 4 will start a dance project and 5-9 will be finishing the volleyball unit we started before virtual learning. In celebration of winter we will also be starting a leadership project and doing some outdoor activities in the snow like building shelters, starting a fire with a bow drill, and snowshoeing. Students will have lots of notice to be prepared for outdoor activities :)
November seemed to fly by. We were able to move back into the gym and we used the opportunity to do some units that were difficult to do outside. The older grades played badminton and volleyball and the younger grades played soccer and worked on fundamental movement skills.
This month we move to online learning. Primary to 3 will have some Phys. Ed. incorporated into their online learning time and I'll be sharing ideas for being active around the house that they will be encouraged to try. The older grades will be given some resources to set some goals and to plan their physical activity. They will be asked to track their progress and check in with me from time to time. They are also encouraged to communicate with me through email if they need help making a plan or finding resources.
I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!
We have had above seasonal temperatures so far this year which we have been very appreciative of. However, this warm weather will not last forever! As the mercury dips below freezing it will be very important for students to come prepared to be warm when they have gym class because we will be outside as long as it is safe to be.
In October grades 4-9 talked about what can make up a healthy lifestyle and started a poster project. In November we will be learning what a S.M.A.R.T goal is and setting some fitness ones for ourselves. We will be tracking our progress to achieving them over the course of the school year. We will also be doing some baseline fitness assessments to help us set meaningful goals. We will continue to try new games like volley baseball… the grade sevens played this in costumes which added to the fun!