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Mary Hurwitz


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 recently finishing our rhythms unit with all the classes. The younger students had a chance to do the Bunny Hop, the Hokey Pokey, the Chicken Dance,  and the Cha-Cha Slide Part 2. The third graders had an opportunity to use the Jumping Bands. The 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.

The older students made and performed a creative dance. They had to have groups of at least two members, name their dance crew, choose a song and create a dance that lasted between 30seconds to two minutes. An added bonus for the fifth graders is that the top group will have the opportunity to perform during the halftime of the students vs staff basketball game at the end of the month! There are so many wonderful performances, it is unfortunate we won’t have time for more than one group to dance.

This week, all students will begin an Understanding Differences Unit. Students will learn about people who have various physical and mental challenges. They will have opportunities to try activities without the use of various skills they normally use. The idea is to give them the feeling of what others may need to endure in their everyday lives. The older students will also get the chance to see what it would be like to have a disability such as dyslexia or ADD. We will also talk about people who didn’t let their disability get in their way of doing outstanding things in the world.

Students in grades 2 & 3 will watch a program called “Count Me In” put on by PACER Center. There will be puppets who have different disabilities and talk to the students about the challenges they face. They will also explain that while they may do things differently than others, we all have the deep inside we are all the same.

Later this month, we will begin the 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 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 24                 3:15-5:15

February 29                 3:15-5:15

March 7                        3:15-5:15

March 10                      3:15-7:15

March 14                      3:15-5:15

March 18                      3:15-5:15

March 22                      6:00-8:00*

*I will be happy to meet with you during this time. If I don’t hear from anyone, I will be attending the PTA meeting. You can catch me there.

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. I can be reached by phone at 763-745-5520, or you can contact me by e-mail