October 3

Gym Shorts

December

 

With the change of seasons comes the inevitable change of footwear as well.  I would like to ask parents to remind their children, and maybe help them as well, to make sure they have running shoes for gym class.  Wearing winter boots is not safe in the gym!  Remember, Gr. 4-8 students must be changed for gym classes – this means having appropriate footwear and changing into t-shirts and shorts or sweats.  This is important for range of motion in our activities but, even more importantly, it is an issue of personal hygiene.  Please ensure that your child has a set of gym clothes available to them at all times.  Thank you!

 

Our girl’s and boy’s volleyball teams just wrapped up their seasons.  Both teams did a fabulous job learning and practising the modified volleyball game called Triple Ball.  As an added bonus our grade six students participated in a season end tournament at R.H. Smith school and represented Earl Grey very well!

 

Around the middle of December, we will be starting our basketball teams.  Any Gr. 6-8 boys or girls can join those teams.  To stay active during the upcoming break, here’s a little list to help you out.  Have a great Winter Holiday!

 

Mr. Armstrong

 

The Twelve Days of Winter Holidays

 

Day 1: On the first day of Winter Break my Physical Education teacher gave to me, 1 minute of modified push-ups.

Day 2: On the second day of Winter Break my Physical Education teacher gave to me, 2 minutes of curl-ups.

Day 3: On the third day of Winter Break my Physical Education teacher gave to me, 3 hugs from a family member.

Day 4: On the fourth day of Winter Break my Physical Education teacher gave to me, 4 healthy chores around the house, e.g. shoveling walks, vacuuming, walking the dog, dusting, etc.

Day 5: On the fifth day of Winter Break my Physical Education teacher gave to me, 5 minutes of jumping rope.

Day 6: On the sixth day of Winter Break my Physical Education teacher gave to me, 6 minutes of lower body stretches.

Day 7: On the seventh day of Winter Break my Physical Education teacher gave to me, 7 minutes dancing with a family member.

Day 8: On the eighth day of Winter Break my Physical Education teacher gave to me, 8 minutes of reading the Free Press sports section (or a sport related book!)

Day 9: On the ninth day of Winter Break my Physical Education teacher gave to me, 9 minutes of playing at a local park.

Day 10: On the tenth day of Winter Break my Physical Education teacher gave to me, 10 minutes walking with a family member.

Day 11: On the eleventh day of Winter Break my Physical Education teacher gave to me, 11 backward push-ups.

Day 12: On the twelfth day of Winter Break my Physical Education teacher gave to me, 12 minutes of jogging.

Shorts

 

Our first term of the school year is almost complete. Elementary classes have completed their F.M.A (Fundamental Movement Assessment) and have been learning/practicing basic movement and fitness skills as well as some sport specific skills.  The junior highs have completed lacrosse and fitness testing units and are currently learning about volleyball.

 

Our intramural program is now in full swing.  Participation has been great but just to remind everyone, our grade 6-8 students attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The grade 4-5 students come on Wednesdays.  Intramurals begin at 12:15 in the gym and students can stay right to 12:55.

 

Both the boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams have enjoyed some success during their season.  This is the first year the school division has adopted Triple Ball.  Triple Ball is a modified version of volleyball designed to better teach the skills of volleyball.  The season ends November 14th come and watch a game!

 

If you would like to talk to me about anything regarding your child’s physical education experience, please phone me at school or send me an email (parmstrong@wsd1.org)!

 

Mr. Armstrong

 

Gym Shorts

 

One month of school already complete!  Where does the time go? In the gym we spent the first month of school talking about (and modelling) the rules of the gym.  Another facet of those conversations (and activities) is the idea of creating a positive learning environment in physical education classes; what kind of environment contributes to a positive and successful learning opportunity.  Ask your child what environment contributes to their success in the gymnasium (or on the field).

 

The primary grades have been playing a variety of low organized games working on transport and manipulative skills (such as running, throwing, and catching) and low level strategies such as being able to tag or avoid getting tagged in open space.

 

The intermediate and junior high students have been learning the skills and knowledge of lacrosse.  Next up is volleyball for all students and Fundamental Movement Assessment for the grade k-5’s.

 

A reminder to parents (and students); students in grades four and up are required to change for physical education classes.  This means that students need to have a pair of shorts or sweat pants, t-shirt, and running shoes to change into and out of for physical education.  These should be carried in a gym bag and should be taken home each Friday for cleaning and brought back again on Monday.  Students who do not change for class are required to complete a written assignment before re-joining the class and in some cases where safety may be an issue (i.e. flip-flops) they will not be allowed to participate.

 

If you would like to talk to me about anything regarding your child’s physical education experience please phone me at school or send me an email (parmstrong@wsd1.org)!  If you would like to see some of the things going on in the Earl Grey gym, please consider following the gym on Instagram or Twitter (@EarlGrey_PE).

 

 

Mr. Armstrong