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Mary Hurwitz

PHYSICAL EDUCATION = LEARNING THROUGH MOVEMENT
 

 

There is some exciting news for March! Greenwood will be having our sixth annual "March into Fitness" event! This is an opportunity to "jump start" everyone into getting back to an active lifestyle and eating healthy after the long winter months. There will be a calendar going home the last week in February. Students will have the opportunity to keep track of the fruits and vegetables they eat each day (five is recommended daily) and the number of minutes they are active each day (30 is recommended daily). Students will simply cross off a number for each fruit or vegetable they eat and in another area cross off a number for each 10 minutes they are active. At the end of the month, students can hand in their calendars to receive a prize. While it is easy to get off schedule because of the many commitments people have, any student who attempts the "March into Fitness" and hands in a calendar is eligible to receive the prize. So don't be shy, give it a try!

 

Here is an update on what has been happening in the physical education classes:

 

The younger students worked on using the long and the short jump ropes after the winter break. The older students got to try a game called pillow polo. It is similar to broomball/hockey. You use sticks with a foam head and try to hit a ball into a goal.

We just completed our roller skating unit! Students in all grades (K-5) participated in this unit. It was so much fun seeing them improve their skills during the past two weeks.

The primary students did rhythms and tumbling units, and the older students worked on their creative dance unit.

The third graders had an opportunity to use the Jumping Bands. Jumping bands are similar to tinikling, a rhythmical movement originated in the Philippine Islands. Instead of using long bamboo sticks, the students used elastic bands to jump rhythmically to music. They were in groups of three or four, and each group create a 30-second video. These videos will be shown during the Passport to Passion event on March 9, from 5:00-5:45 PM.

The 4th and 5th students developed and performed a creative dance. They had groups of at least two members, name their dance crew, chose a song and created a dance that lasted between 30 seconds to two minutes. The fourth graders had their dances recorded and will show them during the Passport to Passion event on March 9 from 5:45-6:30.  An added bonus for the fifth graders was the top group would have the opportunity to perform during the halftime of the students vs. staff basketball game at the end of the month!

During this five-day cycle, we are in our recreational games unit in which students have opportunities to play at over 20 stations! They will have options that include foosball, air hockey, tetherball, hopscotch and nok hockey among many others.

After that, they will have a cooperative activities unit. Students will find that in order to accomplish their goal, they must work together. It is a fun unit in which students learn to listen and trust each other. They will also learn that encouraging others actually enables the group to work more smoothly and will allow them to become more successful.

If you would like to meet for a conference regarding how your child is doing in my class, here are my conference hours. If, for some reason, these do not fit into your schedule, please feel free to contact me. We can meet at a time that is more convenient for you. You can either email me mary.hurwitz@wayzata.k12.mn.us or call me (763) 745-5520. Please make sure you contact me before you come. With such a large population, I want to make sure I am ready to speak to you about your child in an informed manner. Thank you.

 

Conference Times:

February 22                 3:15-6:15

February 24                 3:15-4:15

February 27                 3:15-4:30

March 1                        3:15-4:15

March 6                        3:15-5:15

March 9                        3:15-7:00

March 13                      3:15-5:15

March 20                      3:15-5:15

 

Please remember if your child has an injury or something that would hinder his or her participation in class, make sure you send a note or contact me to let me know what happened. Many times children can participate in other ways, which allows them to stay a part of the group and will still keep them safe. Please also feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding things we have done in class or how your child is doing in physical education. I can be reached by phone at 763-745-5520, or you can contact me by e-mail  mary.hurwitz@wayzata.k12.mn. 

Make sure to check out our latest Good Sport winners on the link from my home page too!
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