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GYM SHORTS    Vol. #2
Inside this Newsletter: 
                                                           Pennsylvania Walkers Club
                                                           Ready For Play...
                                                           The Bone Zone
                                                           Excuse Notes
                                                           Heart Awareness and Heart Monitors
                                                           Recycle Your Old Stuff
                                                           2nd Gym Show Off in the Works
                                                           Family and P.E.

 
Pennsylvania  Walkers Club Starts 
 With the help of the fourth graders and their teachers, we launched our Pennsylvania Walkers Club. The students are going to walk, jog, or run in class, at recess, and at home to try to compile mileage that will allow us to see our great state.  The goal is to visit major cities and landmarks, as well as a few fun places along the way. The students will not only do the walking, they will also do the math to calculate the distances we travel. In addition, they will compose letters and collect items to be sent to other students in our state.  We plan to correspond with several other  4th grade physical education classes, comparing our local area with theirs.  An exchange of ideas, history and experiences should be fun for all.    Special thanks to Mrs.Ebeling (Art), Mrs.Murray (Librarian), Mrs.Steele (Music), and Mrs. Porreca (Comp), for volunteering to help out with our “exploration” of Pennsylvania. All students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will be working to add their miles to our school total .  Once we have explored PA, these miles will take us to other places.  You can help too since the students can earn miles at home.  They can even earn BONUS miles when they exercise with a family member.
 

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Ready for Play
  > Pennsbury School District requires students wear sneakers for physical education.  Sandals, “jellies,” boots, clogs, and shoes with hiking boot-type bottoms are not acceptable.
  >  Dresses and skirts should not be worn on gym day, even with shorts underneath. This attire can cause safety problems.
 

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 “The Bone Zone!” 
        Bone up on your anatomy with your students. The first through fifth grades have begun
learning some of the major bones in the body.  Some of you have possibly already discussed the names of some bones with your students.  You might want to ask your student which bones they have talked about in P.E. class.  We have started at the top and are now working our way down the skeleton. Muscle Mania is coming soon!!
 

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Excuse Notes
         REMINDER: In the event of sickness or illness, students should bring in a note.  If the child has been to a doctor and will miss more than one class, a copy of the doctor note should be sent.  When possible, the note should detail the situation and when feasible, estimate the return date.  A student who becomes sick and is not under the care of a doctor
can bring a note from their parent/ guardian.  A note should also be sent  to notify when a student is able to return to activity and any limitations.
 

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  Recycle Your Old Stuff !!
         We want your old stuff !  No longer solely dependent on kickballs, basketballs, and footballs in the gymnasium, students take their learning to new(or “old”) levels. Many ordinary items can enhance your students instruction in our physical education class: old bike tires, shoeboxes, tennis balls, plastic shopping bags, ”7-Eleven“ type cups, plastic shrub pots, clothespins, scarves, old sheets or pillow cases, colored t-shirts  & nylons.  All of these items can be sent to school with your student at anytime during the school year.  Students can leave them in my office, my mailbox(if possible), or the gymnasium .  We are able to supplement our program through donated materials.
 

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Heart Awareness and Heart Monitors
            Once again, a special thanks to the P.T.O. and several parents for their donations toward the purchase of heart monitors. We are now fortunate to have a number of heart monitors for the students to use. These tools can help the children to see direct and almost
immediate feedback on a personal level when they observe how  activity effects individual heart rates. The monitors have been used in several lessons at the third, fourth and fifth grade level.  All the students in these grades have now had an opportunity to try one or two styles of monitors.  As part of our heart awareness unit, these same students tried out our Heart Adventure Obstacle Course..  The students scooted, hopped and jumped their way under valves and through the atrium and ventricles.  Stopping off  to work out their brain, upper, and lower body.
                Soon, you may talk with your students about our newest concept, the Exercise Pyramid.   This model uses a concept similar  to the more familar Food Pyramid.  The Exercise Pyramid focuses on the level and amount of exercise each individual performs on a daily basis.  We will be discussing how this should fit into our everyday lives.
                 Special note; any person or company interested in helping out with a donation toward the purchase of a monitor, please contact Mr. Gallo.  Come try a monitor on for size at the next Gym Show Off !
 
 

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2nd Gym Show Off in the Works

 
              Last spring, Edgewood hosted its first Gym Show Off for kids and parents of the third and fourth graders. The turn-out and the effort of all who attended was great !!  Between sixty and seventy students and more than thirty parents attended and had a chance to try out some of the games we play. These activities included topics where the classroom teachers and myself have coordinated the traditional classroom and physical education class. This year we plan to offer two “Gym Show Offs,” one in February, the second in March.
 

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Family and P.E.
             Did you know that you are possibly 7 times more intelligent than you may think? The theory of multiple intelligences speaks of  7 different brain intellects .Traditional academic styles,are joined by music, interpersonal,environmental and also  kinesthetic, or physical learners. The Multiple Intelligences reinforce the idea that there are many types of students and even a greater variety of ways to learn.  The body plays an essential role in all learning.  Play with your students: walk, skate, jog, or bike ride where you discuss math, science or reading can go a long way toward several of the 7 intellects.  Point out the trees and tell a few jokes. Good luck, have fun and stay heallthy. Please read the monthly Edgewood newsletter for upcoming events, activities and more Gym Shorts!!   Thanks, Mr. Gallo
 

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