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Mary Hurwitz


We recently finished our football skills unit and have begun practicing for our fitness testing and soccer skills units. While fitness testing will only officially occur in grades 4 & 5, we are trying to have the younger students learn how to perform the tests. That way, the students will perform better when it is their time to actually do the tests in fourth and fifth grade.  The tests will occur in a couple of weeks and may take a little while to complete.  Students will complete sliding curl-ups, push-ups, sit and reach and a running test that looks at agility and endurance. We will be sending home a copy of how each child in 4th and 5th grade performed, as well as ways s/he can improve specific areas.


For soccer, students in grades 1 & 2 are working on dribbling and trapping a ball. The third graders are working on shooting while the forth and fifth grade students are working on punting. In addition, the fifth graders will have a knowledge check they need to complete about the game.


Up next: primary students will be using scooters to strengthen their large muscle groups. They will be using boards in which to sit and propel themselves using their arms and legs. The intermediate students will learn to play team handball. This game is kind of a cross between basketball and soccer. It is fast-paced and is also an Olympic event!


If you are interested in having a conference about your student(s), please see my schedule listed below. If these times don’t work for you, please feel free to contact me via email or phone to schedule a different time. Please make sure you contact me if you would like a conference rather than just stopping in the gym. I want to make sure I have adequate time to talk to you. In addition, because of the hundreds of students I see, I want to make sure I have everything ready to speak to you adequately about your child.


Fall conference hours:


Oct. 12  3:15-6:15

Oct. 13  3:15-5:15

Oct. 14  3:15-5:15

Oct. 19  3:15-5:15

Oct. 23  3:15-5:15

Oct. 26  3:15-5:15

Nov. 2   3:15-4:15

Nov. 4   3:15-5:15*


*Music, Art, Technology and Physical Education (just me) will be holding conference times on the same date/time to accommodate for easier access. We hope you will contact us to make an appointment for your child’s conference.


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 


Mary Hurwitz