Happy Holidays! As we close out the first half of the year, the K-5th grade classes have been playing games to improve and use their throwing and catching skills in game situations. All K-5 students played a game called Treasure Battle. Now, the 2-5th grade students are playing a game called Star Wars, and the K-1st graders are playing a throwing and catching relay race. I hope everyone has a fantastic Winter Break!
As the weather cools, we are continuing our work on throwing and catching. Third, fourth and fifth grade are learning the proper mechanics of overhand throwing. Kindergarten, first and second grade are working on throwing underhand right now. We will be practicing throwing and catching until Thanksgiving break. We will then start using throwing and catching skills in competitive games.
I can't believe it is already the middle of September! The days have been flying by so far. Elementary PE students have spent the past five weeks working on team building and Habit 6, synergize, by playing games and doing various activities with the parachute. Now, the parachute is packed up, and we are moving on to more skill based activities.
Kindergarten through 3rd grade are working on motor skills for the next few weeks. They will be improving their skipping and galloping, while also learning differences between walking, jogging and running. They are learning how to find their pulse, and how different exercises affect their heart rates. After we finish working on motor skills, we will be moving on to throwing and catching.
The 4th and 5th graders are working on throwing and catching. We are using scarves now to build up hand eye coordination as well as improve reaction times using different challenges with the scarves. They will learn the juggling pattern, and then we will work on the overhand throw with beanbags.
That is what I coming up in PE for the next few weeks! I hope the weather cools off soon!
Welcome back to another fun-filled school year! My name is Tim Hall and I am the Kindergarten through 5th grade Physical Education teacher at Tucson Country Day School. The purpose of the Physical Education program at Tucson Country Day School is to encourage life-long physical fitness. This goal will be accomplished by giving students the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of skills, games, and activities.
Throughout the year we will be practicing and improving a number of skills, from movement (hopping and skipping, for example) to coordination (throwing, catching, and kicking). We will also perform an assortment of activities and exercises each period that will help improve their level of physical fitness. Games will be a large part of class as well. Students will play both cooperative and competitive games to use the skills they have learned, and to learn ways to enjoy physical activity.
Kindergarten and 1st grade will meet twice a week, for 40 minutes each class meeting. Second through fifth grade classes will be meeting once a week for 40 minutes each class.
Students in 4th and 5th grade will have activity logs to fill out for their leadership binders. These activity logs are done to promote a physically active and healthy lifestyle by encouraging students to think about and reflect upon their level of physical activity during the week. The activity logs are mandatory homework, and are a part of their grade in Physical Education.
Please be aware of when your child is going to have Physical Education, and make sure that they are dressed appropriately for physical activities (proper shoes and clothing for the weather), as well as a water bottle to help them stay hydrated.
I am very excited to start the school year, and am looking forward to a fun, healthy and successful year!
Jump Rope for Heart is coming to an end this week! Please make sure that all envelopes are turned into the office by Friday. We will be having our jump rope marathon during PE this week in all classes. Next week we will be moving on to our next unit, which is kicking and soccer.
The 5th grade hike last week was a great success! The kids had a lot of fun exploring our deser oasis that is Sabino Canyon, seeing a lot of plants, birds and water flowing in the creek. We lucked out with beautiful weather following the rain storms the weekend before the hike.
Happy New Year everyone! Elementary PE at Tucson Country Day School has hit the ground running to start the new year. All grades have spent the last few weeks working out their legs by playing games on scooters, but now are moving on to bigger activities.
Fifth grade is beginning their unit on hiking in preparation for the 5th grade hike to Sabino Canyon. Mrs. Maddock and Mr. Sarappo's classes will be going on February 20th, while Mrs. Carlson and Mr. V's classes will be going on February 21st. The hike is approximately 6 miles, round trip, and will be an all day hike. Permission slips are going home with 5th grade this week. Please sign and return promptly, as any student who does not have a permission slip will not be allowed to go. There is also a place on the permission slip where parents can sign up to chaperone the field trip. In our hiking unit, students will learn the rules for safe hiking, essentials for hiking, wilderness safety and identification, as well as fire safety. I am really excited for this unit, and I know the students are as well!
Kindergarten through 4th grade will be gearing up for our annual Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser in support of the American Heart Association. Packets will go home with students next week, and are due back on March 3rd. All K-5th grade classes will participate in this important fundraiser that we do annually here at TCDS. Students will learn the importance of proper nutrition as well as daily moderate to vigorous physical activity.
As the first quarter comes to an end, elementary PE is starting to work on catching using juggling scarves. These brightly colored scarves help students track them easily with their eyes, and they float slowly to the ground, which helps boost confidence in catching. As students become more advanced, we will be improving their reaction time by adding in clapping challenges.
With the temperatures dropping, please make sure to send your child with at least a light jacket to PE, especially if they have a morning class. The court can be quite chilly on fall and winter mornings.
Elementary PE is off to a great start! Kindergarten through 4th grade classes are going to PE twice a week, for 30 minutes each class. This has been a big change, but it has been great for the kids so far! Fifth grade is still meeting weekly for 45 minutes, due to the nature of their rotations.
February is here, which means it is Jump Rope for Heart time at Tucson Country Day School! All K-5 students have been given packets for our annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Every student who raised at least $5 can get a lanyard with the dog Superpup on it. There are already quite a few students sporting their lanyards already, and I hope to see more over the next few weeks. If every student from Kindergarten through 5th grade was able to raise $5, as a school we could raise $2,500 for the AHA! How amazing would that be? Please help your student be a heart hero this year, and help our school make a major difference in the community!
The 5th graders are starting to gear up for our hike in Sabino Canyon at the end of March. Ms. Annie and Ms. Nicole's classes are going March 24tj, while Mr. B and Ms. Citron's classes are going on the 25th. We will be spending the weeks leading up to our hike talking about hiking safety, essential items for hiking, wildlife identification and safety, and fire safety. Look for permission slips to go home this week. Make sure they are signed and returned so your child can participate. We are also looking for chaperones, so please sign up on your child's permission slip if you are interested coming on a 6 mile hike with us! The hike isn't extremely difficult, but there are some tough areas, including one long stretch of an uphill climb. Email me if you have any questions about the hike.
Happy New year!
Welcome back to school! After a wet and cold first week, elementary PE is back in the swing of things. Kindergarten and 1st grade are working on kicking properly, while 2nd through 5th grade are learning about soccer.
We have a few important events coming up soon. February will be our annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association. All grades will be participating in the fundraiser, and learning about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Fifth grade will be starting their hiking unit in February in preparation for their Sabino Canyon hike in March. The dates have been set for the hike, with Ms. Annie and Ms. Nicole going March 24th, and Mr. B and Ms. Citron going on March 25. More information about the hikes will be going home soon.