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GYM SHORTS    Vol. #3
Inside this Newsletter:
                                                                          Gym Show-Off’s Scheduled!!
                                                              PA Walkers Arrive!!!
                                                              Gymnastics Starts..
                                                              Ready For Play...
                                                              The Bone Zone & Muscle Mania
                                                              Excuse Notes
                                                              Heart Smart ...
                                                              Recycle, Reduce, Reuse...
                                                              Family And P.E.
 
 

 

  Gym Show -Off’s Scheduled for March 5th & 26th!!

            On March 5th, 3rd grade is set for their night!  While the students in 4th & 5th will have their chance on March 26th!  The Gym Show Off’s are a chance for students and  their parents to come play together.   You may just come and watch, or join  in the fun with us, if you wish.  Find out what kinds of things your kids are learning in Physical Education class. The activities include topics which  the classroom teachers and myself have integrated  traditional classroom subjects into games and activities.  We still cover many of the skills you remember, but with a new fun “academic twist.”  Some of the
games include bask”stat”ball, scooter math, and planet tag. Stop and try on a heart monitor for size when you visit one of our shows!
 

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PA Walkers Arrive..

     The  Pennsylvania Walkers Club has now tallied 293 miles in our “FITitious” trip across PA.  The students have walked and joggged in class so far and as spring officially arrives we will also begin walking  at recess. The Walkers arrived at several of the schools that have been our PEpals.  We have reached the following schools: Hazle Elementary in Hazelton, Mountain View in Harrisburg, and Steelton-Highspire in Steelton (near Hershey Park).The students have done the calculations of the distances we travel.  They have written letters and submitted projects or items to be sent to the other schools telling about the local area of Philadelphia and Bucks County.  We have even made a short video to be sent. All students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades have been working to add our to our miles.  Once we have explored PA, these miles can take us to other places.  You can help too since the students can earn miles by walking at home.  They can even earn BONUS miles if  they exercise with a family member.
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 March 6th Gymnastics Starts...

>Students are reminded to wear sweat pants, warm ups, windpants, or similar.
>No jeans should be worn, during this unit for safety reasons.
>Gymnastics lasts through March.
 
 

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Ready for Play

  > Pennsbury requires students wear sneakers for physical education.
  >Please also remember not to send students in  dresses or skirts.
 

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 “The Bone Zone!” & “ Muscle Mania!!”

         The 1st - 5th grades have been learning the location of some major bones in the body.  Try playing “Sherlock Bones” and ask your student questions about bones and where to find them. We have talked about 12 in class this year.  Start at the top with the head and work your way down the skeleton, that is the way we have learned them in class.
         The 3rd - 5th graders have also been working on  Muscle Mania, learning major leg, arm, and torso muscle names.  During games like Running Rummy, Muscle Match and our fitness circuit the students have discovered which muscles can be worked on in particular exercises and stretches. They are beginning to understand more about how they can positively effect their body through exercise. We have also discussed the need for exercise.  In addition, we learn the proper terms and methods for using these muscles.
         Come to the one of our Gym Show Offs  to see the students in action using their muscles and the corresponding names.
 
 

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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, Reduce, Reuse...

         We want your old stuff ! Many ordinary items can and have enhanced your students instruction in our physical education class.  Things like;  shoeboxes, tennis balls, plastic
shopping bags, ”7-Eleven“ type cups, plastic shrub pots, clothespins, old sheets or pillow cases, colored t-shirts  & nylons.  All of these items can be sent to school with your child
at anytime during the school year.  Students should leave them in my office, my mailbox(if possible), or the gymnasium .  In this way, we are able to supplement our program through donated materials.
 

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Heart Smart using Heart Monitors

        With the recent purchase of smaller belts for the heart monitors, courtesy the P.T.O. , more students will now get a chance to use the more accurate monitors. We are 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 heart activity. They are able to observe how  the level of 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 the monitors.  We are still getting the hang of the monitors, but the students are doing a great job with them.  We hope to use them a few more times before the end of the school year.  We at Edgewood were the first in our district to begin to use these tools in the classroom.  With
the distict help we can continue to grow in our understanding of our hearts and bodies.
         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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Family and P.E.

Don’t forget to get out there and exercise with your students.  Take advantage as the weather improves. Remember, simply walking is great exercise and lots of fun.
 
 
 
 

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